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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2708

Selection puzzles

By Ramu sharma - Syndicate Features

Kiran More certainly has a lot to explain about the ham handed way in which the team for the Test matches against the West Indies has been finalized. Selectors do make mistakes and Kiran More and his team are no exception. But perhaps it is the string of successes, but More and his co-selectors have shown very little wisdom in their choice of some of the players.

More than selection is the recall that jars in the case of Ajit Agarkar. Perhaps the only bowler to make an impression in the first of the three One Dayers, Agarkar has been asked to come home and make way for VRV Singh, a bowler still to settle down in any class of cricket. He has had some sort of success in the Abu Dhabi tournament but that is all. Yet he replaces Ajit Agarkar whom Kiran More has dubbed as “more of a one-day cricketer”. That is an argument which has no takers.

If in his earlier days Agarkar has been often dubbed as a favourite of the selectors he has now more or less worked his way for permanency through sheer effort, his best bowling figures of six wickets coming against Australia in a Test match three years ago. Now suddenly when he has found his rhythm, he has been taken off and sent home.

Then there is the recall of Wasim Jaffer. No doubt a worthy player, Jaffer has had no cricket for quite some time now. He was on the injured list and has only now proved his fitness. He is now expected to come good against the West Indies without any practice. One hopes he succeeds but the logic of his selection is baffling. The selectors should have recalled Gautam Gambhir and allowed Jaffer to first come to terms with himself after more time at the nets. Gambhir, it must be remembered, was given a raw deal, dropped after a few failures. The selectors totally forgot his successes at that stage. Gambhir and not Jaffer was the man for the opener’s slot at this stage.

The selectors, however, appear to have done the right thing by persisting with Kaif who has often been wrongly defined as only a One-day player. And Raina is a plucky youngster and should come good in the conventional game. Kumble and Laxman are back and that is good news. India certainly needs these two experienced hands against the West Indies.

In the final analyses the selectors, it must be said, should thank Sachin

- Syndicate Features -

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