Chief selector spells out reasons behind Rayudu's World Cup snub

Ambati Rayudu

New Delhi, July 21: Ambati Rayudu had grabbed the headlines - and perhaps the BCCI's ire - by criticising the selectors' decision to exclude him from the World Cup squad on social media.

Rayudu was intially looked upon as an option for the crucial fourth slot in the Indian team's batting order, but the selectors eventually decided to pick rookie all-rounder Vijay Shankar.

Selection committe chairman MSK Prasad had called Shankar a 'three-dimensional' player at the time, pointing out his abilities in batting, bowling and fielding.

An infuriated Rayudu had taken to Twitter to mock the selectors' decision.

“Just Ordered a new set of 3D glasses to watch the world cup, ” the batsman had tweeted.

While announcing the Indian squad for the upcoming West Indies tour on Sunday, Prasad was asked about his reaction to Rayudu's tweet.

The chief selector however, insisted that he was not annoyed by Rayudu's reaction to the selection committee's decision.

"Lovely tweet; I really enjoyed it. It was timely. Fantastic," Prasad told reporters.

He also denied that the selection committee was biased against Rayudu, asserting that the decision was taken according to the BCCI's system.

"There were certain programmes to see Ambati Rayudu comes into the setup. We (selection committee) don't have anything against a particular player," Prasad insisted.

"When Rayadu was picked for ODIs on the basis of his T20 performance, there was criticism, but we had some thoughts about him. When he failed the fitness test, we put him for a fitness program. Due to certain combinations, he wasn't picked, it doesn't make selection committee biased," Prasad added.

News24 Bureau

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