Mumbai: Mumbai Cricket Association officials are upset with the national selection panel after they ignored Wasim Jaffer for the first two Tests against Australia despite his remarkable consistency this season in domestic format.
The prolific Mumbai veteran scored 835 runs at an average of 75.90, which included three centuries and four half-centuries, in the Ranji Trophy. Two of those hundreds came in the knockout stages, helping Mumbai to their 40th Ranji Trophy title.
The Mumbai batsman was passed over in favour of Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay despite outscoring both in the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy season.
MCA joint secretary Nitin Dalal said to DNA, "We were looking forward to seeing his name in the squad. Every time we thought the selectors would pick him, they disappointed. The MCA is really upset with the decision to not include Mumbai's most consistent batsman. He has served Mumbai cricket for long and has been very consistent in the last decade or so."
"In fact he could not play the whole Ranji Trophy this year but still managed to score so many runs. He scored 80 and a hundred in Irani Cup against a quality attack. What else do you want?" he asked.
In five days' time, Jaffer would be celebrating his 35th birthday and a call from the selectors would have been a deserving gift for the elegant right-hander.