Harbhajan Singh loses cool on team selection for Asia Cup, says ‘different rules for different people’


Former India cricketer Harbhajan Singh has lashed out at the Indian selectors not ignoring a young talent in Mayank Agarwal while announcing the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup.

Taking to Twitter, the former cricketer, known as turbanator, wrote, “Where is Mayank Agarwal ??? After scoring so many runs I don’t see him in the squad … different rules for different people I guess..”

While announcing the team, the selectors decided to rest the India captain Virat Kohli for the series, which starts just four days after the team’s series against England. Instead, Rohit Sharma will be leading the campaign for India. Also finding a place in the team for the first time is Rajasthan’s Khaleel Ahmed. Hailing from Rajasthan’s Tonk, Khaleel has scalped 28 wickets in 17 List A matches with an economy rate of 4.74.

Responding to Harbhajan’s criticism, India’s chief selector, MSK Prasad said that Mayank’s chance will soon come. “Mayank Agarwal has been fantastic and has been consistent in the last 10-12 months. He is just a step away and I am sure in due course of time he will get his recognition.”

“And he did well In all three formats in whatever opportunities he has got in domestic cricket. We will definitely look at it when we rest some of the senior players,” NDTV quoted him as saying.

One of the reasons why Harbhajan is so angry on Mayank’s exclusion is that young talent has scored more runs in domestic competition than any other cricketer and he’s been ignored by the selectors for the upcoming Asia Cup.