Indian spin-off Harbhajan Singh on Wednesday took to Twitter and expressed surprise at the decision of the selectors not to include Mayank Agarwal for the upcoming Asian Cup 2018. The Cricket Control Board in India (BCCI) on Saturday decided to rest India skipper Virat Kohli handed the captaincy to Rohit Sharma for the Asian Cup, which took place just four days after a grueling tour of England. The 16-member squad will be led by Rohit Sharma, while Rajasthan Marshal Khaleel Ahmed will host his first senior team. Despite scoring more runs in all formats than any other in Indian national cricket and team A matches, Mayank Agarwal did not find a place in the Indian team for the mega tournament.
Surprised by the exclusion of Mayank Agarwal, Harbhajan Singh took to Twitter and wrote: "Where is Mayank Agarwal? After scoring so many runs, I do not see him in the squad … I guess there are different rules for different people."
Where is Mayank Agarwal? After scoring so many runs, I do not see it on the team … different rules for different people, I suppose. pic.twitter.com/BKVnY6Sr4w
– Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 5, 2018
However, the president of selectors MSK Prasad said his opportunity will come sooner rather than later.
"Mayank Agarwal has been fantastic and has been consistent in the last 10-12 months, he is only one step away and I am sure that in due time he will receive his recognition," he said.
"He did well in all three formats at any opportunity he has in national cricket, we will definitely see him when we rest some of the senior players," Prasad said.
Khaleel, a 20-year-old from Tonk of Rajasthan, has played 17 games on List A, taking 28 fields at an economy rate of 4.74. He is nippy with the ability to rush batters and Rahul Dravid has been advising him since the 2016 U-19 World Cup. He was with India A during the tour of England recently.