Controversy arose due to the name of this player coming for the tour of England, not the selectors agreed-source

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The Indian team management in England wanted to keep young openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal in the team. Questions are being raised whether the chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Sharma also wanted this? Questions are also being raised that how was Bengal opener Abhimanyu Mithun kept on standby in the team that went to England despite his poor performance in the 2019-20 Ranji season and India A's tour of New Zealand?


There is no doubt that Easwaran was unwilling to play Test cricket and the preference given to him over players like Prithvi and Padikkal has raised many eyebrows. A source in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said, “Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the entire tour of England due to injury. It will take at least three months for them to get fit. Last month, the team's administrative manager sent a letter to former pacer Chetan Sharma asking him to send two other openers to the UK.


Despite knowing the status of Gill's injury, it is believed that Sharma did not pay much attention to the request of the team management. It remains to be seen whether the team management makes a formal request to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to send Sha and Padikkal. Shah is also the convener of the selection committee.


"The BCCI president is yet to receive a formal request to send Sha and Padikkal," the source said. Both these batsmen are currently in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series, but after the end of the tour on July 26, both can go to England. But, I think the team management wants to add him to the team first.

Despite knowing the status of Gill's injury, it is believed that Sharma did not pay much attention to the request of the team management. It remains to be seen whether the team management makes a formal request to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah to send Sha and Padikkal. Shah is also the convener of the selection committee.

"The BCCI president is yet to receive a formal request to send Sha and Padikkal," the source said. Both these batsmen are currently in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series, but after the end of the tour on July 26, both can go to England. But, I think the team management wants to add him to the team first.

Prithvi and Padikkal could have reached England on time for the practice match if Sharma had heeded the team management's request last month. Has the team management specifically asked to send Prithvi? To this question, the source said, "Let them do the official mail, and then it can be taken forward." 23 players have gone on the England tour and even if we don't count Easwaran, they still have three specialist openers.

On preferring Easwaran over Prithvi, a former selector said, "He can't even be compared. Prithvi is miles ahead of Easwaran in skill and it should not be forgotten that he has scored a Test century and is in good form now. He should have been in England, not Sri Lanka.