Veteran left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra announced a few days ago that the opening T20I against New Zealand at the Feroz Shah would be his last might not get his farewell match at all despite getting selected in the squad for the opening T20I. Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad said that there is no guarantee on the fact that Nehra will be part of the playing XI for the opening T20I against New Zealand. Prasad said there is no assurance from our side that he’s going to play or not.
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“We can’t say that if he will surely play in the Delhi T20I. Whether he is going to play or not, it is clearly the team management and the selector on call, whoever it is. The think tank involved will be taking a call. There is no assurance from our side that he’s going to play or not. It will be decided on that particular day,” Prasad further added.
Prasad also made it pretty clear that the selectors were looking at Nehra only till the T20I series against New Zealand.
“We have clearly communicated to the player, i.e Ashish Nehra and to the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series. If you have seen the pattern with which we have selected the India A players, the same bowlers we have been continuing with for the last one and a half years on all A trips, that means they are very much in line. They have really done well in South Africa, also at home against New Zealand. This message has been clearly communicated and we are very happy that the player also needs to take it in the right spirit that the new generation is coming up,” he added.
The hosts were defeated in the opening ODI at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday, and it will be a tricky task for them to seal the series from here. The 2nd ODI of the series which will be a do or die contest for the Men in Blue will be played on Wednesday.