New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Suresh Raina might have been out-of-favour but his desire to represent India at the highest level has not reduced yet. The 33-year-old left handed batsman have also slammed the Indian selectors for not communicating with him after his omission from the Indian cricket team.  

During a live Instagram chat session with former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan, Raina revealed that former chief selector MSK Prasad never communicated with him, adding that people fail to realise that “a player gives his life to the sport”.

“People forget about your performances in first-class, international cricket, fastest hundred in IPL. It's different now, everyone has pain in their hearts, whom should we express it to? A player understands other player, but you will things should have been better as you have given your heart and soul to cricket. It's very important to understand these things,” Raina was quoted as saying by India Today.

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“What should I say now? It's luck and it will happen when it has to happen but he (MSK Prasad) didn't talk to me at all. I do have some evidence, the messages he sent me but it's ok when my time will come I will play and if not then I have family, life and there are many other things than cricket,” he added.

Raina, who has represented the country in 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is, said that Indian cricketers should also be allowed to play foreign T20 leagues as it would help them to mature as a player.

“There is no plan B for Indian players as BCCI does not allow us to play in foreign leagues. Players of different countries play in foreign leagues and make a comeback for their side. Many quality players including Yusuf Pathan, Robin Uthappa can go there and learn,” India Today quoted Raina as saying.

The 33-year-old cricketer, who last represented India in 2018, said that players should have a say and should be given more support. Giving example of Yuvraj Singh, Raina said that “player performed well but they felt like not getting support”.   

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“Our family has taught us to fight for everything, we have got everything by hard work. Players should have a say, players try but don't get support,” he said.

Irfan Pathan also echoed the sentiments of Raina and said that he is ready play for India if given a chance.

“Communication is very important. If they come and tell me ‘Irfan you have retired but you prepare for one year and you will be available for India selection’ then I will leave everything, give my heart and soul and will only do hardwork. But who will do the communication?,” Pathan said.

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