BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Thursday tried to keep away from the controversy surrounding the national selectors’ decision to not send a replacement for injured opener Shubman Gill in England, saying it was once a matter for the selection committee to believe. The Indian team management on June 28, through administrative manager Girish Dongre, had requested for two openers as replacement, preferably Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal. But chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma, till a few days back, hadn’t sent any formal reply to that mail as four openers are already in the United Kingdom.
When asked approximately the contentious issue, Ganguly, while addressing reporters on his 49th birthday on Thursday, said: “That’s selectors’ call.”
Both Shaw and Padikkal are currently in Sri Lanka with India’s white-ball squad under Shikhar Dahwan for a six-match series.
Under steady skipper Virat Kohli, India is set to play a five-match Test series against England, starting August 4. The red-ball battle could also be the first series of the second one cycle of World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23.
Ganguly expressed optimism approximately hosting the suspended leg of this year’s IPL in the UAE in September.
“Nothing will happen we can manage. It’s going to start in September. We will be able to chalk out the nitty-gritties,” he told reporters here.
Ganguly reiterated the BCCI was once forced to shift this year’s ICC World T20 to the UAE keeping in brain the security and safety of all stakeholders.
The T20 World Cup was once scheduled to be held in India in October-November this year.
“There will be remorse but no one has witnessed this kind of situation in their entire lifetime. These are exceptional circumstances.
“Final year the World Cup got cancelled and this year whether again the World Cup gets cancelled on account of COVID, then it is a massive loss for the game. That’s why we have taken it into a safer place,” he said.
Ganguly, who had suffered a gentle heart attack and undergone a quick primary angioplasty in January this year, said he’s totally fine now.
“I’m fully fit. It’s another year gone, that is the way it is. In these COVID time, you just try and stay as quiet as imaginable. It’s for the people around you reasonably than you.
“People at home have made their preparations to celebrate. It is a closed door celebrations,” he said.
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