Milind Reger, Mumbai Selector is upset about Sarfaraz Khan's Remarks on not being selected to play for national side
Jan 20, 2023
In an interview with TOI, Sarfaraz claimed that he was promised by Chief Selector - Chetan Sharma that he would get a call up for the 2 match Test Series against Bangladesh.
Sarfaraz also said “During the Ranji Trophy final at Bangalore, when I scored a century, I met the selectors. I was told that ‘you’ll get your opportunity in Bangladesh. Be ready for that.’ Recently, I met Chetan Sharma sir (chief selector) while we were checking in at the hotel in Mumbai. He asked me not to feel disheartened, and that my time will come. Good things take time to happen. You’re very close (to an India berth). You’ll get your chance. So, when I played another important knock, I had expectations. But it’s alright,” Sarfaraz was quoted as saying by Times Of India.
Milind Rage gave an interview to another publication and said that the batter should refrain from making such comments about his non selection and focus on his performances.
“Keep performing but making ridiculous comments won’t help matters. Sarfaraz should refrain from making comments against his [India] selection. His job is to score runs. He has to concentrate on his batting,” Rege told Mid-Day.
“Sarfaraz has been in tremendous form, there is no question about it. But there has to be a place in the [Indian Test team] batting line-up. His form is incomparable and unbelievable. Wherever there is an opportunity I think he will get his chance. But right now, where is the place?” he added.
“When Amol is your Mumbai coach, why did he need his father [Naushad Khan] to coach him? I read a quote in a Marathi newspaper that he had called his father to coach him [in Delhi]. When a man like Amol, who scored more than 11,000 First-Class runs is a Mumbai coach, Sarfaraz should look at Amol’s plight and carry on with the game. Amol scored plenty of runs, but he was never selected because there was no place in the national side,” Rege pointed out.