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The 32-year-old Sheldon Jackson, who has played 66 first-class matches scoring 4825 runs at an impressive average of 49.23, was unable to make it to the Duleep Trophy 2019 squad either. @ Twitter

Saurashtra batsman Sheldon Jackson has voiced his discontent at the BCCI for not including himself or any of his team’s members in the A series despite consistent performances.

The 32-year-old Jackson, who has played 66 first-class matches scoring 4825 runs at an impressive average of 49.23, was unable to make it to the Duleep Trophy 2019 squad. He finished the Ranji Trophy last year as Saurashtra’s top run-scorer having scored 854 runs in 11 games at an average of over 47 which included two centuries and seven fifties. In fact, Sheldon’s century in the Ranji semi-final last year was key to Saurashtra’s journey to the final where they lost to eventual champions Vidarbha.

“Saurashtra has played the Ranji Trophy finals this year, and surprisingly still no player even after performing at all platforms, don’t get picked for the A series (sic),” Jackson tweeted on Monday.

Saurashtra have reached the Ranji Trophy finals thrice, but Jackson wondered whether the absence of any player from the region was due to the small size of the state. “So is the importance of playing the Ranji trophy finals zero or is that small state sides arnt taken seriously coz in the last 5 years @saucricket has played 3 finals under sitanshu kotaks coaching, (we have some very good performers since recent years with the bat and ball, but not got the deserved credit,” he wrote.

He went on to question the BCCI and insisted for transparency so that players can rectify the areas where they go wrong. “I am told not to question, but i strongly believe that we represent this beautiful organisation and association and we as players surely deserve to know why and where we lack or else our carriers are just to goin to end wondering why. selectors should be transparent,” he wrote.

He ended his rant on Twitter with a screenshot of the players picked for the A series against South Africa which the hosts won 3-0. Even Bengal’s veteran batsman Manoj Tiwary, another player, who has been left on the sidelines, empathized with Jackson. “Can feel ur pain Sheldon. Ur frustration is justified. Just hang in there !! God bless u always,” he replied to one of his tweets.

Jackson was a part of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders team in 2009 and 2010. He was also signed up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in February 2013 after a good domestic season in 2012–13.