The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday, announced the 18-member squad for the upcoming T20I series against West Indies. While senior members like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal were rested, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has made his comeback in the shortest format.

The likes of KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav, who had been sidelined by injuries and have been on the road to recovery, are named in the outfit but with subject to a fitness clearance. However, the selection of the T20I squad met controversy as several fans on social media slammed the BCCI for not picking wicketkeeper-batter Sanju Samson.

Notably, Samson, who has been in and out of the Indian white-ball teams throughout his career, was recalled to the squad for the T20Is against Ireland in June. The Kerala cricketer got his chance in the second T20I and justified his selection by scoring a tremendous 77 (42) as he formed a record-breaking partnership with centurion Deepak Hooda.

The decision to drop Samson left the fans very upset as they expressed their anger on social media platforms. Even former India cricketer Dodda Ganesh was among those who didn’t understand the logic behind the decision. He took to Twitter and wrote: “Ideally, you would want to players like Sanju Samson in the T20s. Ignoring him for Shreyas Iyer is beyond cricketing rationale #DoddaMathu #CricketTwitter #WIvIND”

Here is how Netizens reacted: