Ireland Cricket has offered Indian wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson to represent Ireland in international cricket. The Ireland Cricket president has also guaranteed that he would captain the team and play all of the games.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) excluded Samson from the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia, and now he was omitted from the ongoing series against Bangladesh. He was previously chosen for the New Zealand tour where he only got to participate in one game.
Ireland Cricket president asserted that they need a skipper and a batter like him in their side and they are ready to offer nationality to Sanju Samson.
“We will let him play all the matches if he is in our national team. He is a very impressive batter and he is one of the rare talent. We provide him an offer to play the matches from our national team. Our team required a skipper and batter like him. If the Indian team is overlooking him then he can join us, we respect him and make him play every match,” said Ireland’s cricket president.
“My dream is still to play for the Indian team” – Sanju Samson
The Kerala-born Sanju Samson replied by saying that he is waiting for the selector’s call and will not for any other country. He also thanked Ireland Cricket for their offer but humbly declined it.
“Thank you very much,” in response to the president of Ireland’s invitation,” Sanju said.
I can understand that sometimes we have to wait, and I am currently sitting here waiting for my selector’s call, but my dream is still to play for the Indian team, and I will never play for any other country.”
“First of all, I want to thank Ireland’s cricket president for considering me for this role but I can’t accept his offer. I started my cricketing to play for Indian national cricket team. I don’t want to play for any other nation or can’t even think to play for another nation. I can’t accept this offer and I want to say sorry to Ireland’s cricket president,” Sanju Samson added.
Sanju Samson further says that although he hasn’t gotten plenty of opportunities he will work hard and continue to believe.
“Although, I haven’t got plenty of chances in the Indian cricket team but I will work hard and have self believe and sometimes the combination of team doesn’t allow your place in the playing XI but it doesn’t mean I am sad,” he added.