The BCCI has released the list of players who will be travelling to the West Indies and the USA for a five-match T20I series starting July 29. The first three matches will be played in Trinidad and St. Kitts, before the two teams travel to Fort Lauderhill, Florida for the last two matches of the series.
The team will be led by Rohit Sharma, and the big news includes the return of KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav, and R Ashwin, but also the resting of senior players Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah. However, one of the more controversial decisions made by the selectors for this tour was the decision to ignore Sanju Samson from the team, which as sparked a loud response on social media channels, with many asking why he was dropped despite having done nothing wrong in the limited opportunities he got in Ireland.
Samson has been in and out of the Indian white-ball teams throughout his career, and was recalled to the squad for the T20Is against Ireland in June. He got his chance in the second T20I, and delivered, scoring 77(42) as he put together a record-breaking partnership with Deepak Hooda, centurion on that day in Dublin.
Here is how Twitter reacted to BCCI’s decision of dropping Sanju Samson
India will travel to the Caribbean for a three-match ODI series beginning on July 22 in Port of Spain, Trinidad, before playing the 5-match T20I series which ends on August 7. It will be another important set of matches ahead of the all-important T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, in which many hope Samson will be part of the squad.
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