Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad has backed the decision to select Karun Nair ahead of Rohit Sharma in the Test squads. While Nair has had an impressive domestic season, Rohit has been dropped following constant failures in the longer format.
"This was the best opportunity for us to give Karun a chance because he's been doing well," Prasad said when queried about Rohit's omission.
Meanwhile, Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami will play a four-day Test against West Indies A before playing the warm-up game against Essex. This s before the first Test in England.
"We did discuss, had a meeting with Virat, Ravi and Rahul. Some of the Test specialists like Saha, Vijay and Shami will play the third India 'A' Test against West Indies A before playing the warm-up game against Essex and then the England Tests," Prasad explained.
Prasad also maintained that Ms Dhoni remains the best keeper in the country, and they are working towards a few for the future. “Yes, we are working towards it. We have tried six wicketkeepers for India A during the past few months. We are rotating and preparing them for the next level,” he added.
--By A Cricket Correspondent