Mumbai: Having a pair of father and son as selector and player is not always a conflict of interest, according to Peter Pollock, the former South African fast bowler.
"Look, it is how you look at it. It is a matter of opinion. It is a debatable subject. There can be a bigger conflict of interest (for the selector) than having a family member in the team," the 75-year-old Pollock said from Durban.
The new clause approved by the BCCI says : "No member of the selection committee including the convenor and the invitee, i.e. the coach or captain, or their near relative shall have any financial interest or business association with any player considered for selection to any team selected for and on behalf of the BCCI."
"There should not be injustice towards Stuart Binny. If he is a deserving player he should not get not flak from media that he is playing because he is Roger Binny's son. We can't destroy his career," the BCCI chief Shashank Manohar had said at the media briefing on Monday.
Pollock himself was a selector when his son, Shaun, was to make debut. However, unlike India's Roger Binny, he was never asked to step down.
"I don't think any selector would pick his son if he is not deserving a place."
"I offered to step down from the selector's post but was persuaded to stay by the then UCBSA (United Cricket Board of South Africa) officials," Pollock added.
"I never used to leave the selection committee meetings because I was a chairman and convener of such meetings. What is the point of having a selector if he is not around for the part of the deliberations?" asked Peter Pollock.
"It would not have been a big deal if Stuart is playing and his father is a selector. There should be no fuss about it," Pollock signed off.
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