New Delhi: Delhi Ranji Trophy fast bowler Parvinder Awana, who impressed with 18 wickets in IPL 5 for Kings XI Punjab, has expressed surprise at his name not being in the pool of 30 probable for the ICC World Twenty20 in September.
The BCCI on Wednesday announced a preliminary squad of 30 for the tournament to be held in Sri Lanka. Among those named after their performances in IPL were Mandeep Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Raydu, Shikhar Dhawan and Laxmipathy Balaji. In fact, Awana had not heard of the news until Cricketnext informed him.
"I did well in IPL and was appreciated by everyone so I was obviously expecting my name top be among the probables for T20. But I'm not disappointed as I'm used to setbacks. I'll get back to work with more passion and better my performances in the future," he told this website a day before his 26th birthday.
This is not the first time since the IPL that Awana has been ignored by the selectors. Earlier this year he was not named in the India A squad to tour the West Indies, but was subsequently called up as replacement for an injured RP Singh. However, due to visa issues he missed the first two unofficial ‘Tests’ and was injured during the third of that series.
"After IPL, I was drafted into the India A team at the last moment so my visa process took time due to which I reached West Indies late and missed the first two Tests. I chalked up three wickets in the third Test but pulled the hamstring so missed the rest of the matches on the tour," said Awana.
Awana added that his injury in the Caribbean might be the reason for his non-inclusion in the 30-member pool for the World Twenty20 but stressed that he' was keeping well and will be back playing cricket in a week. "I think one of the reasons for my non-selection is the fact that I got injured on Caribbean tour so selectors might havw thought that I'm not available for selection. But, I have already started running and training hard and within a week, I'll start bowling at full tilt,” he said.
Now Awana is hopeful that he will be picked for India A’s tour to Zealand scheduled for August. "I have regained fitness. My form in IPL was good. In the Caribbean tour, I picked up three wickets in the only match which I played so obviously I'm confident that my name will feature in the India A squad which will tour New Zealand," he said.