New Delhi:Former chief selector Kiran More on Tuesday slammed the decision to drop Yuvraj Singh from the Asia Cup squad.
More said the decision to have a talented player like Yuvraj out of the team was a mistake as the World Cup 2011 was too close for it. "They are making a mistake," More said. "If the World Cup is so close by, I'll not fiddle around with the team. I will not drop Yuvraj Singh from the XV, " More told a cricket website.
There were reports that Yuvraj was dropped because of the disciplinary reasons. More said that Yuvraj could have been given the message without being axed. "You can always send a message to Yuvraj," More said. (Read:Sachin rested for Asia Cup, Yuvraj dropped)
" 'Sit on the bench. You'll be in the reserves, we are playing somebody else but be part of the team, get your fitness right, get your act right and get disciplined also.' That would give him more encouragement. But only one player has been pointed out, and they've dropped him from the Asia Cup," More added.
More said a pool of 20-22 players should to be identified and India should not look beyond them for the World Cup.
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The former India player also questioned absence of more experienced fast bowlers like RP Singh, Sreesanth and Munaf Patel.
"I'm very surprised that RP, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Sreesanth have not been picked. They were part of the team one and a half months back, and now they are not among the next 60 also," More said.
"They didn't go to Zimbabwe, they didn't go the A tour of England. Suddenly your main players are missing from the next 60, how are they going to make a comeback," he added.
More also said that he was unhappy with the treatment meted out to Yusuf Pathan. "I'm not very happy with Yusuf Pathan's place in the batting order. He's been batting at No.7 all the time. You are always batting in a difficult situation at that position, and you have to score quick runs. He got 44 in his last innings; it's not a fair call on him also," he said.