The selection committee meeting to pick the squads for the Australia Test series and the last two one-dayers against Sri Lanka was convened and postponed on Tuesday under confusing circumstances.
The selectors just named Stuart Binny as replacement for pacer Varun Aaron, who picked up a quadriceps injury while bowling in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
Confusion reigned since morning as one selector said the meeting was to pick the squad for Australia while another selector a moment later informed it was only to announce the squad for the last two ODIs against Sri Lanka. Interestingly, at the end of the day, neither happened.
Deciding to wait
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel clarified: "Right now, only one match is over and we were thinking of involving the other seniors who are out or some of the juniors who are out. So we decided to wait for another two ODIs... Rohit (Sharma) is sitting out, he is fit now. All these things will be considered."
However, to play Rohit, someone will have to sit out. It cannot be one of the openers after their centuries in opening match. So he has to come in the middle order.
It is unlikely that Virat Kohli will change the winning combination in Ahmedabad and even if someone fails in the middle order in the second ODI, it will be unfair to drop him on the basis of one bad show. There is a precedence of Kohli not trying out a new player last year when he had the option of including Parvez Rasool in Zimbabwe but chose not to.
The injured Aaron will make way for another pacer and on that front the Indian battery is pretty set. So, who will the selectors watch in the remaining two ODIs before picking a team for a format that is completely different remains to be seen.
Making no sense
Negating speculation that the postponement was linked to the Mudgal Committee report on IPL fixing scandal submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday, Patel said: "Selection committee's meeting has nothing to do with the Mudgal Committee report and we haven't been restrained by the court in that regard."
So what is still baffling is the logic of holding a meeting just to pick a replacement which the BCCI often does over teleconference with selectors.
Moreover, if the meeting was to be postponed, it could have been communicated well in advance to the selectors. Now, the selectors will meet again after the third ODI in Hyderabad to pick the Test squad for Australia and the ODI squad for the remaining two matches against Sri Lanka.
Varun to stay on
Aaron has been asked to stay with the team. His progress will be monitored by the team physio. He is expected to recover in two weeks.