Indian Team selections

Posted: April 24, 2007 in bangladesh, cricket, india, selection

There have been a lot of knee-jerk developments in the Indian cricket scene, post the World Cup fracas. While the new policies of the BCCI appear to be very constructive, and I quite like them, the selections of the two teams to visit Bangladesh, leaves a lot to be desired.

First of all, Shashtri goes on record to state that he is going to be a manager, just for this tour. Like a Bangladesh tour was so critical. We have a stop-gap manager of sorts, it appears.

Then, as far as the team goes, I am not seeing a clear logic. Just that few older heads are out of the ODI squad, and some new names are being tried out. Under Dravid’s captaincy.

What is the exact long term focus?
Why is Sehwag still there in the ODI team?
Is Piyush Chawla good for ODIs and not good for test cricket?
Why would you blood a young leg spinner in the slap-dash game of ODIs, but not give him a chance to learn in the longer test cricket?

Also it looked a big mess – whether the selection was driven by BCCI diktats, or the selectors had a role to play. Shows a sense of desperation and cluelessness…

  1. USC Trojan says:

    Am I the only one who thinks “manager” of the team is a bureaucrat who is there for the nice trip? What is the role of the Indian Cricket Manager?

  2. SPM says:

    I suppose the word ‘coach’ was not in favor, after the Woolmer episode, and also after Chappell’s exit. And since Shashtri was going to be a stop-gap, then calling him coach may not have made sense. So they changed the tag to ‘cricket manager’. Today there is a list out, of all the non-playing persons going on the tour. And they have included a regular manager – the guy who would be in charge of the other admin work. Of course, they also have another Logistics Manager. So there are a few people, all of whom are called ‘manager’!

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