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Sports Cricket 07 Mar 2020 Selectors should hav ...

Selectors should have a say in choosing playing XI: MSK Prasad

PTI
Published Mar 7, 2020, 9:13 pm IST
Updated Mar 7, 2020, 9:13 pm IST
'Generally, the sectors have a macro picture looking at whole of Indian cricket and the team management has this micro picture of team
BCCI selection committee members Sarandeep Singh, chairman MSK Prasad and Debang Gandhi. PTI Photo
 BCCI selection committee members Sarandeep Singh, chairman MSK Prasad and Debang Gandhi. PTI Photo

New Delhi: The Sunil Joshi-led new selection panel must have a say in picking the playing XI and BCCI constitution should be amended to make it happen, former chief selector MSK Prasad suggested on Saturday.

Prasad has just completed an eventful tenure during which he successfully oversaw the transition of leadership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni to Virat Kohli. In his four-year term, India won a first ever Test series in Australia but a bigger contribution was creating a robust supply line of India A players.

 

"I personally feel this flaw has to be amended at all costs in the new reforms so that there will be equal responsibility of the outcomes," Prasad told PTI in an interview.

He reminded that perspective of the team management and the selection committee would be a bit different. "Generally, the sectors have a macro picture looking at whole of Indian cricket and the team management has this micro picture of Indian Team.

"But over a period of time with the relationships being built between the selectors, captain and team management there will be a synergy of thought-process due to the mutual respect that they share," the former India stumper said.

The stature of his committee was questioned but Prasad did not care for the brickbats. "Criticism should always be healthy and any criticism with ulterior motive should always be neglected."

ON DHONI TO KOHLI TRANSITION

The switch from Dhoni to Kohli was seamless which gives him a lot of satisfaction. "Handling the transition period of MSD to Virat & Developing substantial bench strength had been the biggest success of our committee."

He still regrets Kohli's men losing close Test series in South Africa and England apart from heartbreaking semi-final defeat at the World Cup. "Of course, the Test series losses in SA & England and World Cup losss in semifinals. I think we deserved to win all 3 of them. It was so close yet so far."

But he refuses to agree when you tell him that an unsettled number four could have sowed seeds of a disappointing semi-final. "I keep saying this that we have not lost the World Cup because of No.4 position. When our team reached top of the table prior to that semifinal games that speaks it all. It was one bad session that cost us the World Cup."

SATISFYING TENURE

As he looks back, he is extremely proud how he along with colleagues Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjpe, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh created a supply line from domestic cricket. "We had a very clear plans and shared the roles and accordingly I posted the selectors for the domestic games. My strength had been my colleagues whose hardwork & commitment had helped in building this wonderful Indian team across all formats."

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