Sheldon Jackson, the Saurashtra wicket-keeper batsman has raised questions on the policies followed by the national selectors for the selection of players for India A team. Jackson has accused the selectors as they are being bias against players coming from ‘small states’. In the IPL, the attacking wicket-keeper batsman has also played for Kolkata Knight Riders and he has appealed to the selectors in a series of tweets for more transparency in the process of selection.
Jackson said that Saurashtra has played the Ranji Trophy final this year and it is a surprise that no player is selected for the A series even after performing at all platforms. This is the importance of playing the Ranji Trophy finals.
He asked that is it like the small state sides are not taken seriously because in the last 5 years Saurashtra has played 3 finals under sitanshu kotaks coaching and they have some very good performers since recent years with the bat and ball, but did not get the deserved credit.
He also said that he was told not to question, but he strongly believes that they represent this beautiful organisation and association and they as players surely deserve to know why, and where they lack, or else their carriers are just going to end wondering why selectors should be transparent.
It is to be mentioned Jackson has never been considered for the Indian side, despite performing consistently in the last few domestic seasons.
Later, he also tweeted a screenshot of Ranji Trophy statistics and highlighted the numbers of Saurashtra players.