Manoj Tiwary questions selectors: The axed batsman posted a series of tweets to demand clarity from the selectors over non-selection.
The Indian domestic season will begin from August 17 as India Blue will take on India Green in the first four-day match of the Duleep Trophy. The Indian selectors have announced 15-member squads for each of the three teams (including India Red).
Opening batsmen in Punjab’s Shubman Gill, Vidarbha’s Faiz Fazal and Gujarat’s Priyank Panchal have been named as the captains of the Blue, Green and Red teams respectively.
Manoj Tiwary questions selectors
While the selectors have picked the best available 45 players in the country, they have been questioned over non-selection by axed India batsman Manoj Tiwary. In eight Ranji Trophy matches last season, Tiwary had scored 616 runs at an average of 51.33 and a strike rate of 58.55 including two centuries and three half-centuries.
In nine Vijay Hazare Trophy matches, Tiwary had scored 366 runs at an average of 52.28 and a strike rate of 78.37 including four half-centuries. It is not the first time that Tiwary has questioned the selectors over his non-selection. The 33-year old Bengal captain had pointed out his record-breaking performance last year.
“Since d [the] Duleep trophy teams 4 [for] d [the] year 2018-2019 is out and I don’t see my name featuring in any of them. I want 2 [to] ask d [the] Selectors, Wat [what] is d [the] criteria 4 [for] a player like me 2 [to] get selected again in Duleep trophy teams or Indian team,” Tiwary started his tweet which was followed by three more tweets.
Seeking clarity regarding what exactly he needs to do to get the nod in the Duleep Trophy or other tournaments of such importance, Tiwary readily agreed to switch teams if needed.
Read Tiwary’s tweets below:
Since d Duleep trophy teams 4 d year 2018-2019 is out and I don’t see my name featuring in any of them. I want 2 ask d Selectors, Wat is d criteria 4 a player like me 2 get selected again in Duleep trophy teams or Indian team ? If u guys can be kind enough 2 let me know
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) August 6, 2019
Having made his ODI debut in 2008, Tiwary has till date played 12 ODIs and three T20Is. While he last played a T20I in 2012, his last ODI came in 2015 during the tour of Zimbabwe.