The tournament is set to take place soon after the conclusion of the ongoing Women's Premier League (WPL), which will conclude on March 17.
Former Indian cricket selector Dilip Vengsarkar is quite surprised with the way team management and selection panel is treating Karun Nair.
On Saturday, the Board of Cricket for Control in India announced the 15-member squad for two-match Test series against West Indies and took everyone by surprise as the national selectors decided to ignore Karun Nair for the upcoming tournament.
Former India Test batsman Dilip Vengsarkar felt that a batsman who scored a triple hundred against England a couple of seasons back has been treated harshly by the team management.
“The way Karun has been dropped is quite baffling, to say the least. He scored a triple century in a Test against England at home not so long ago. Scoring a triple ton in any grade of cricket is an outstanding feat and not many have scored a triple ton in Test cricket,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by The Times of India.
Dilip Vengsarkar further said: “However, since then, he has been out of the playing eleven, and even when he was in the squad, Vihari was flown in from India and was preferred to Karun for the last Test at the Oval, which I feel is not only demeaning for the batsman but most unfair. Only the wise men of Indian cricket can explain why such a treatment is being meted out to a Test triple centurion. The entire case is quite intriguing.”
Meanwhile, the talented batsman Karun Nair too spoke his heart out.
“No, we haven’t had any conversations. Nothing at all. It is difficult, but I haven’t gone forth and asked anything, but yeah, we haven’t had any conversation. It is difficult, naturally for a human being, it’s difficult to handle that situation, or to take that as a human being (to see Vihari being picked ahead of him in the playing XI). But like I said before, the team management and everyone else involved make a decision, and me as a player has to accept it. There’s nothing else I can do,” Nair told Cricbuzz.