The head of BCCI’s selection committee, Ajit Agarkar, expressed sympathy for Rinku Singh’s situation, stating that the left-handed player hadn’t done anything wrong to be left out of the T20 World Cup squad. Agarkar, along with Rohit Sharma, spoke at a media briefing held at the BCCI headquarters, where they were questioned about Rinku’s exclusion.

Rinku’s absence from the squad generated significant discussion, especially since he was placed in the reserves despite being a key player for KKR. Agarkar mentioned that omitting Rinku was a difficult decision, primarily influenced by team combinations. He explained that due to uncertainty about the conditions in the US, they opted for more versatile players.

“Probably the toughest thing we have had to do. He has done nothing wrong, nor has Shubman Gill. It’s again the combinations. Like Rohit said, we are not sure about what conditions we will get. We have tried to have enough options. There are a couple of wrist spinners, Chahal and Kuldeep to give, Rohit more options,”Agarkar explained.

Rinku Singh’s Exclusion from T20 World Cup Squad Sparks Controversy

The discussion around Rinku Singh’s exclusion from the T20 World Cup squad has been significant, and Agarkar expressed sympathy for him, noting that it was unfortunate he had to miss out. Agarkar believed that having an additional bowler would be advantageous for the tournament. Rinku has represented India in 15 T20Is, boasting an impressive average of 89 and a strike rate of over 176.

“It’s just unfortunate. I don’t think it has anything to do with Rinku Singh. It’s not his fault that he has missed out. It’s more the 15 that we felt gives with two keepers who are already terrific batters. So we just thought having another bowling option would be handy. He is still one of the traveling subs. That’s how close he was. It’s a little bit tough on him. At the end of the day, you only pick 15,” Agarkar added.

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