"I am 35, not 75" - Sheldon Jackson comes up with a frustrated tweet after India A selection snub
Sheldon Jackson is one of the well-known cricketers in the domestic circuit of Indian cricket. The latter has performed well in the last couple of years and has aggregated over well around 2000 runs under his belt.
However, the veteran Saurashtra batter has come up with a heartbreaking tweet after being omitted from India A squad on Wednesday.
After being snubbed from the side, the 35-year-old took his official Twitter handle and tweeted, "I have a right to believe and dream that if i have performed for 3 continuous season, i may get picked on the basis of my performances not age, tired of hearing this that im a good player and performer but im old🤣, im 35 not 75 🤣🤣."
Moreover, Sheldon Jackson has featured in 5 games for Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League where he only managed to score just 23 runs that he played at an average of below 6.
I am a very happy cricketer and a happy person: Sheldon Jackson
After being snubbed from the Indian A squad, Sheldon Jackson shared a lot in a recent interaction with Sportstar, "Many times I have heard that he is a frustrated cricketer who is venting out his angst. I am a very happy cricketer and a happy person who has a loving family to go back to.
I enjoy my life and I feel asking questions for which we don’t get answers is justified as a professional. That doesn’t have anything to do with my space of mind," was quoted as saying by Circle of Cricket.
"If I am thinking of playing for the country and I am not even picked for the Duleep Trophy because someone feels I am too old, how am I going to reach over there? I was expecting to get picked for India A.
There’s nothing wrong in expecting it, and you don’t pick me for Duleep Trophy is inexplicable. As a professional, you always strive to upgrade yourself to a higher level. It’s demoralizing when it’s stalled for reasons beyond my control," he added.
"Why is age even a criterion to get picked? If it is, they are taking away the dreams of at least 25 to 30 percent of domestic cricketers who are in their mid-30s. I am not being the voice for them but I am speaking myself.
You cannot stop someone from dreaming of playing at a higher level. I have been advocating this for quite a long time now. Now when I am 35, I am being tagged as old but I have been hearing this since I was 31," said Jackson.
"Now they have picked more than six who are older than 30, so how is it justified then? Back then, I was told no one above 30 was picked.
But when a performer is picked for the country in his mid-30s based on his performance, why isn’t it adopted for domestic cricket? I think it’s just become a ploy to not pick someone. When you don’t really have any other reason, you cite his age," the 35-year-old elaborated.
Here is the tweet of Sheldon Jackson:
I have a right to believe and dream that if i have performed for 3 continuous season, i may get picked on the basis of my performances not age, tired of hearing this that im a good player and performer but im old🤣, im 35 not 75 🤣🤣— Sheldon Jackson (@ShelJackson27) August 24, 2022