Murali Vijay @ AFP
Murali Vijay @ AFP

MSK Prasad-led Indian selection committee has come under harsh criticism after Karun Nair and Murali Vijay revealed that none of them were explained reasons of their non-selection from either the team management or the selectors. Prasad was livid to here such statements. “All these are baseless reports,” he told PTI on Thursday.

“With regard to the non-communication with Murali Vijay after dropping him, I am equally surprised why he has said this while my colleague and selector on call Devang Gandhi had clearly informed him about the reasons why he was dropped,” he said.

However, a senior BCCI official on condition of anonymity, said that Vijay is not giving the full picture of his story.

“It is very convenient that MSK has been made the whipping boy with some of these players not giving the correct picture. How did Vijay land a contract with Essex? Would he care to tell us? The arrangement was done by BCCI after speaking to national selectors,” the official said.

“Within a week of getting dropped, he was playing County cricket for Essex. He, in fact, missed early part of Vijay Hazare Trophy as he was playing county cricket. So, didn’t Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) know that he was playing county cricket. Vijay would do well not to speak about communication,” the official said.

Meanwhile, Prasad also made it clear the opener Shikhar Dhawan was dropped from the side after he failed to replicate his form in the red-ball format.

“Shikhar is a prolific run getter in white ball cricket which unfortunately he couldn’t replicate in red ball cricket. We have given him considerable opportunities before taking the decision on him in the longer format and give opportunity to the youngsters like Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal who were prolific run getters in domestic cricket and India A,” said Prasad.