August 16, 2012

Indian cricket

Indian selectors need enthusiasm

Abhishek Mukherjee

After the selection of the Indian Test and T20 squads last week, Makarand Waingankar, writing in the Hindu, concludes today's selectors need to be passionate and less analytical about statistics, as in the past.

Vijay Manjrekar was another selector who, at the State level, picked players from nowhere and backed them. When a selector questioned his way of picking players who had not performed in local tournaments, he said, “If I have to go by performances all the time, then the association can hire some statisticians and pick the team.” Perhaps we need to appoint selectors who are passionate about the game, before they can select players.

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