The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) senior selection committee has picked injured player Saurabh Tiwary for NKP Salve Challenger Trophy to be played from September 26 in Indore. The Jharkhand batsman,who has represented India in three ODIs,underwent a shoulder operation in New Delhi a few weeks ago and has been advised eight weeks rest.
Tiwary is not fit and he will take three-four more weeks to get fit. His name has appeared today in the India Red squad but he will be not to be able to play the Challenger Trophy. Even we are expecting him to back on the field only by next month, Jharkhand coach Subroto Banerjee told The Indian Express.
This isn’t the first instance,in recent years,of selectors picking players without seeming to have gone through their fitness reports. During Kris Srikkanth’s tenure as chairman of selectors,the committee picked the injured Pawan Suyal and dropped a fit Ishank Jaggi,citing an injury as the reason,for the Irani Trophy in 2011.
Banerjee said that Tiwary had chosen to go under the knife in the off-season,the left-handed batsman feeling it was the right time fix a nagging shoulder injury. He was expecting pain and he consulted us before getting operated. With no cricket happening in the next couple of months,Tiwary decided to consult doctors in Delhi and later underwent an operation. He is getting back to fitness now and it will take some more time before he can hold his bat, Banerjee said.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel was unavailable for comment.