Ashish Nehra only picked for Delhi Twenty20 between India vs New Zealand
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Ashish Nehra only picked for Delhi Twenty20 between India vs New Zealand

Ashish Nehra, who announced his retirement from international cricket after the end of the Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, has only been picked for the first game at the Ferozshah Kotla.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 23, 2017 19:12 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Ashish Nehra has been picked only for the Delhi Twenty20 International against New Zealand as the Indian cricket team veteran aims to retire from international cricket in front of his home fans. (Getty Images)

Ashish Nehra, who had announced that he would retire after the first T20 International against New Zealand on November 1 in Delhi, has been picked in the T20I squad only for the Delhi game.

The decision by the selection panel seems to be influenced by emotions, as it tries to ensure a fitting farewell to the left-arm fast bowler at his home ground.

While there is no debating the quality of Nehra, Sunil Gavaskar has pointed out the dangers of selecting a team based on emotions. The former India captain says the decision to select should entirely be based on merit.

MSK Prasad, the chairman of selectors, was at pains to defend the selection of Nehra in the Twenty20 squad for just one game.

“There are a lot of apprehensions going on about Ashish Nehra. I will make it very clear. We have clearly communicated to Nehra and the team management that we are only looking at him till the New Zealand series. So this message has been clearly communicated and we are happy that the player also took it in the right spirit that the new generation is coming up and instead of waiting till the end of New Zealand series, he felt that he will quit after the Delhi game itself so that others can (get a chance),” explained Prasad.

Asked specifically if he will play the Delhi game, he said, “We can’t say that. Whether he is going to play or not, is clearly (the decision of the) team management and selectors. There is no assurance from our side.”

Nehra last played for India on February 1, the last T20 against England. He failed to pick a wicket in that game although he shone in the second T20 International of that series, picking three wickets to script India’s victory.

Resting Virat Kohli

Prasad denied that a call had been taken over resting skipper Virat Kohli. “With regard to Virat Kohli, there is some speculation that he is going to be rested for whole of Sri Lanka series, it is not right. As far as the Test series is concerned he is going to play, and at some point of time, the rotation policy that we are following will apply to the captain. We are also monitoring his work load, he has been playing continuously right from IPL till today, we need to give him a break which we will consider after the Test series.”

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 19:12 IST