Batter Karun Nair has been dropped from the probables list of the Karnataka team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT).
The experienced Nair has endured a poor run of form in the last four seasons. A regular fixture in the Karnataka side for nearly a decade now, Nair showed some signs of regaining his touch with a couple of good knocks in the Ranji Trophy and SMAT last season. The overall picture, however, was less than satisfactory.
Karnataka senior men’s chairman of selectors Fazal Khaleel stated that the time is right to give young talent a chance. “Yes, Karun has been dropped for this tournament. I feel for Karun, as he has been a regular member of the Karnataka team for many years now. However, it is time to move on and try out youngsters,” Khaleel told Sportstar on Tuesday.
Khaleel added that the door is not completely shut on Nair. “Karun is out of the T20 team, but there are two other formats (one-day and Ranji Trophy) to come. This is not the end of the road for him,” Khaleel said.
Khaleel stated that the likes of young batters L.R. Chethan and Rohan Patil have the talent to make a mark in the senior State team.
“This is the right time to see if young talent like Chethan and Rohan can deliver. We are in a transition phase, and our goal is to take Karnataka back to the glory years,” Khaleel said.