The recent announcement of the Indian cricket team squad for the upcoming multi-format tour to South Africa brought cheers to many fans as Sanju Samson finally secured a spot in the ODI roster. However, amid the celebration, a cloud of scepticism and frustration looms large as supporters question the timing of his inclusion and the potential motives behind it.

The struggles of Sanju Samson to secure a place in the national team

The cricketing journey of Sanju Samson has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride marked by highs and lows. The recent snubs during the Asia Cup 2023 selection and the ODI World Cup squad raised eyebrows among fans. The absence of the talented Kerala cricketer from the post-World Cup T20I series only fueled the discontent among his supporters.

The inclusion and end to the long wait

The news of Samson making it to the ODI team for the South Africa tour brought relief and joy to his followers. With India set to tour South Africa from December 10, featuring three T20Is, as many ODIs, and two Tests, the inclusion marked a significant moment for the cricketer and his fans.

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A decision to exclude Sanju from T20 World Cup 2024 considerations?

However, amidst the celebration, allegations of political manoeuvring surfaced. Fans raised concerns about the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) playing politics with player selections. The timing of Sanju’s inclusion in the ODI squad, just ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024, prompted fans to question whether this move was a strategic decision to exclude him from T20 considerations.

Critics argued that this isn’t the first time such a situation has arisen as they pointed out how Sanju was included in the T20I squad when the ODI World Cup was on the horizon, and now, a similar pattern seems to be emerging with the T20 World Cup approaching.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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