The Indian Test Team is in England to play a five match test series against the hosts, starting from August 4. After India’s loss in the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand, there have been a lot of speculations regarding mid-tour additions in the Indian squad. However, Legendary All rounder, Kapil Dev has expressed his displeasure over this plan.
The Former Indian Skipper says the Indian team should not make any mid-tour additions in the squad. There are already 20 players, which is enough for the national side to see through.
“I don’t think there is any need for it. There should be some respect for the selectors too. They have picked a team and I’m sure it wouldn’t have happened without their (Shastri and Kohli) consultation. “I mean, you have two such big opening batsmen in KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Do you really need a third option? I don’t think it’s right,” Kapil said on the ‘Wah Cricket’ show on ABP News.
Kapil Dev also added that mid-tour additions will be insulting for the players who are already part of the squad.
“I’m not convinced with this theory. The team that they’ve picked already has openers so I think they should be the ones to play. Otherwise, it’s insulting for the players who are already in the team. I want that the captain and the management should have a say, but not at the expense of over-ruling the selectors and say that ‘these are the players we need’. In that case, we don’t even need selectors. I am feeling a bit odd knowing that something like this has happened, because if it has, it demeans the selectors and their role.”
“Only Virat and Ravi can say that. I feel that this is a wrong set-up to enter. The players you have backed, you cannot demean them. They are big players and I wouldn’t want something like this to happen. No need for any unnecessary controversy.” Kapil Dev added.