Former Australian cricketer Lisa Sthalekar expressed anger over the BCCI’s apparent coldness towards Veda Krishnamurti. While Veda’s non-inclusion in the India women’s national team, announced Friday, “could be justified,” Sthalkar said, she was surprised that BCCI had not contacted Veda at all to see how she was doing.
28-year-old Veda Krishnamurti lost her mother and older sister to COVID-19 recently.
“While not choosing Veda for the upcoming series is perhaps justified from their point of view, what annoys me the most is that as a contract player she has not received a message from BCCI just to check how she is doing. A true association should care deeply about its players, rather than focus solely on playing at any cost. So disappointed. As a past player, ACA contacted us on a daily basis to find out how we work and provided all kinds of services. If there was a need for a player association in India, it is definitely now. The stress, anxiety, fear and grief that many players have experienced because of this pandemic will affect them as individuals and inadvertently affect the game, ”Sthalkar tweeted.
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Krishnamurti played 48 ODI and 76 T20I for India. She last competed in cricket during the women’s One Day Trophy quarterfinals in March, where she represented Karnataka.
Indian selectors on Friday named India’s women’s squads for one-off test match, ODI and T20I series against England in England. Krishnamurti did not find a mention in any of the teams.
Composition for Test & ODI: Mitali Raj (captain), Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur (vice captain), Punam Raut, Priya Punia, Deepti Sharma, Jemima Rodriguez, Shafali Verma, Sneh Rana, Tania Bhatia (gate keeper), Indrani Roy (gate keeper), Julan Goswami, Shikha Pandey, Puja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav.
Composition for T20I: Harmanpreet Kaur (captain) Smriti Mandhana (vice captain), Deepti Sharma, Jemima Rodriguez, Shafali Verma, Richa Gosh, Harlin Deol, Sneh Rana, Tania Bhatia (gate keeper), Indrani Roy (gate keeper), Shiha Pandey, Puja Vastrakar , Arundati Reddy, Poonam Yadav, Ekta Bisht, Radha Yadav, Simaran Dil Bahadur.