Former England and Lions fly-half Stuart Barnes has criticised Warren Gatland's decision to omit England captain Chris Robshaw and Jonny Wilkinson from his squad to tour Australia.
Harlequins flanker Robshaw and Toulon fly-half Wilkinson were among the most notable absentees from Gatland's 37-man selection.
Wilkinson was widely expected to miss out due to his club commitments with Toulon.
The French club are firmly in contention to win the Top 14, the final of which takes place on June 1, the same day as the Lions begin their tour against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.
Robshaw is particularly unfortunate to miss out having led England with some aplomb during the rebuilding phase that followed a woeful 2011 World Cup.
But a victory over the All Blacks and four wins from five in the Six Nations have not been enough.
Barnes believes Robshaw is the "unluckiest man in Britain and Ireland", and would have taken the Quins forward ahead of Wales' Justin Tipuric.
He told Sky Sports News: "Robshaw has had a wonderful season, but he has looked tired since the Wales game, he has looked tired, he has looked like a ghost of his former self.
"But I think he could do a job at seven, or he could do a job at six. But there has been a lot of negative media about him, people have never been certain about Chris Robshaw and I think he is paying the price for that.
"I personally think Tipuric is a little lucky to go. He is a headline number seven, he does some great things and in time he is going to be wonderful, but is he really that much better than Chris Robshaw over the ball? Does he have that experience?
"I think the answer is no on both of those counts and Robshaw is unlucky to miss out."
He added: "If you ask me who is the unluckiest person in Britain and Ireland, I would say Chris Robshaw."
Gatland had made it clear his preference was for the tour party to depart together, with no late arrivals in Australia, and Wilkinson had himself played down his own chances of being involved.
But Wilkinson's stunning performances in Toulon's run to the Heineken Cup final, including a man-of-the-match display opposite Saracens' Owen Farrell - who made the squad - on Sunday.
Barnes said: "We need to know whether Wilkinson is available or not.
"If Wilkinson was available to join the party after the French final - if Toulon get there - then I find it utterly mystifying.
Jonathan Sexton is going to be the Lions Test fly-half barring accidents, the next fly-half's job will be to close out a game and Wilkinson is the best in the world at doing it.
"Yes he has weaknesses but they are the same as Owen Farrell's and his strengths are stronger that Owen Farrell's.
"So if Wilkinson was available I find it disappointing, and if it is 1-1 going into the Third Test and the Lions miss out because they cannot drop a goal or kick a 50-metre penalty then this will be the selection we are talking about in years to come."