Selection unrest on agenda in BCCI performance review meet

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first_imgThe Indian cricket team management and the selection committee are not on the same page of late. The matter is expected to be on the table when all parties sit with the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials at a performance review meet in Hyderabad on Wednesday.Indian captain Virat Kohli, head coach Ravi Shastri, Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma and chief selector MSK Prasad have all been called for the meet that will review India’s performance on tours of South Africa and England and the Asia Cup in the United Arab Emirates.A number of Test matches in England showed up instances when the team management was not entirely happy with the squad provided to them.Mystery around Karun Nair’s absence from the playing eleven throughout the tour of England and his subsequent dropping from the series against West Indies has left open many unanswered questions.”The captain says he has nothing to do with Karun Nair’s dropping and it’s a decision made by selectors. Wasn’t he part of the selection meet when the squad for England tour and for the West Indies series chosen?” a top BCCI source questioned captain Kohli while speaking to India Today.Read – Don’t think Indian team management likes Karun Nair, says Sunil GavaskarKarun in a recent interview made it clear that he has had no communication with anyone from the team management or the selection committee after he was dropped from the Test squad.advertisement”No, we haven’t had any conversations. Nothing at all. It is difficult, but I haven’t gone forth and asked anything, but yeah, we haven’t had any conversation,” Karun told Cricbuzz.Karun’s interview hasn’t gone down well in the BCCI, his case has brought to fore a missing link between the selectors and team management which will be discussed.In another instance, this time during the Asia Cup, the selectors are said to be unhappy with the team management’s decision to rest five regular players from the playing eleven including the captain and vice-captain in the dead rubber against Afghanistan.”The selectors are not pleased that wholesale changes were rung in for the match and both stand-in captain Rohit Sharma and vice-captain Shikhar Dhawan sat out with MS Dhoni forced to be captain again, out of nowhere,” the source said.Afghanistan went on to stretch a below strength Indian side and the match ended in a last-ball tie.Another point of deliberation will be the role of the tour selector who largely remained a mute spectator during the course of Test series in South Africa and England.”The new BCCI constitution gives the right of vote to the team management in choosing the playing eleven. But the same constitution also mandates the selectors to give quarterly appraisal on team performance. There is clearly a need for better synergy between the two parties,” added another BCCI source.Other issues on the table in the meet would be player rest management and future planning for the upcoming tour of Australia starting November 21. India to play a full-fledged series Down Under consisting of three Twenty20 Internationals, four Tests and three one day internationals.last_img

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