Former Pakistan player Danish Kaneria has said that the Indian selectors should have rested their pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arsheep Singh for the upcoming three-match T20I series against New Zealand. Speaking on his YouTube channel, he shared that Team India must give the chance to some new faces as well. He stated that bowlers who have performed well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in recent years should be added to the T20I squad as well.
Danish Kaneria explained: “India should have rested Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh for the New Zealand series. They could have given chances to the likes of T Natarajan and those who have done well in the IPL. While it is the decision of the selectors, they must look to revamp the team now.”
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The Indian selectors have named Mohammad Siraj and Umran Malik for the series. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel, who was a part of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2022, has also been included. Kaneria also opened up on how several top Indian players like Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja were ruled out of the T20 World Cup 2022 due to injuries as well.
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“Playing in the IPL does take a toll on the players’ bodies and the Indian team management must manage the workload of their cricketers well. While it may be one of the finest leagues in the world, it is important to reduce the workload of the players. It shouldn’t be the case that your main players aren’t available for national duty,” Danish Kaneria concluded.