England in India 2012-13 December 11, 2012

Former India selectors slam team

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former India selectors, one of them a part of the selection committee as recently as the World Twenty20 in September this year, have called for drastic changes to the team they themselves built.

Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the previous committee that was reluctant to make changes, has come out all guns blazing. Two days after saying Dhoni has lost control over things and that he is confused, Srikkanth has written in a column that says the team needs to acknowledge its failures, which is exactly what the previous selection committee headed by him didn't do.

"Time has come for everyone to own up responsibility and stand up to be counted," Srikkanth wrote. "It is also time to stop blaming the conditions for every reversal. A good team must perform in all conditions and not lend too much thought on things they have no control over."

Dilip Vengsarkar, the chairman of selectors before the last committee took over, said there weren't many options available. "We are struggling with options at present," he said. "Some players are struggling with injuries. We do not have strong replacements for these players. The team members have to remove themselves from their comfort zone and perform well."

03.20GMT, December 12: This article has been updated.

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  • Al on December 14, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    The selectors were so myopic. It seems they were looking for players only in their zone. There are a lot of upcoming youngsters - Rishi Dhawan of HP is a fine all-rounder. Kaul brothers of Punjab, Mandeep Singh and possibly Jiwanjot Singh of Punjab, Pankaj Singh of Rajasthan, B Kumar and Imtiaz Ahmed of UP are fine bowlers. Parvez Rassol of Kashmir is a fine all-rounder who has been taking 5 wicket hauls and scoring centuries this season.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Please let's not talk abt sacking of Dhoni first. First we must sack the BCCI officials who lall are enjoying royal life with the BCCI money. The well deserved people who have done lot of service tyo BCCI will not be given due regard. As most of the people who have yeoman service to BCCI needs financial help. But BCCI is not interested to take steps for that. For example BCCI is giving a montly pension for all the state players and Test and ODI umpires. But BCCI umpires who could not get an opportunity to become TEST and ODI umpires were not given the pension. Hope atleast on seeing this, BCCI will take steps to help all the retired umpires who are not given the pension.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    wow.... i just saw few amazing view against Sehwag and Gambhir... and few people are still defending Dhoni... that's really interesting that no one is looking after loser captain who never wins any series after world cup 2011.... Grow up BCCI.... its not your Team.... its the Team which represents India... and Skipper like Dhoni should be Banned for life as he is demotivating and doing mean things with Cricketers like Sehwag and Gambhir.... In England Series except Pujara and Sehwag no one shines... and more thing Ashwin is a Bowler so better he has to concentrate on Bowling than Batting

  • harsha on December 13, 2012, 1:15 GMT

    The blame should be taken by srikkanth...he had ample time to sit with seniors and develop a plan for india so that all the greats do not leave at same stage ...India has always depended on batting to pull through and when you loose 2 of the greatest that won u majority of tests..this was expected...more so when sehwag and tendulkar are not hitting their straps... the problem is INDIA was a great team not because of system but they had some core group that believed in their game (rahul/ganguly/vvs/sachin/Kumble) later added by viru/gauti... administrators had a decade to fix the system and instead they went for IPL and downgraded cricket all together..now india finds itself in a place where there is no core group of players who want to take forward and there was never a system like aus/eng to get better... for india to be consistently better again ..needs a miracle and players who care for test cricket ...currently only a miracle can save them for short term ......

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 0:58 GMT

    @balajit on (December 12 2012, 15:34 PM GMT) Bravo! Mr Srikanth !...

    Bravo, Balajit. Beautifully put. Exposed, the double-speak of Srikkant. Keeping conscience in the freezer, when he gets several lakhs from BCCI as a Chief Selector. And, showing bravado, when you are out. Shameful. Didn't do anything meaningful when he had the power and blabbering to get media attention now, when he sees all the attention Jimmy is getting. One may not agree with Amarnath on all that he says. But hats off to his honesty and integrity. even at the cost of lakhs in income, and taking the risk of inviting the wrath of the big guys who wield their powers ruthlessly, shamelessly, and without an iota of conscience.

  • Shiv on December 12, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Oh stop it Chika.. If anything Jimmy can talk but you? Absolutely Not. Remember, you were the "CHAIRMAN" of the selection committee and current sorry state of Indian cricket is solely your responsibility. Your lack of vision and incompetent selections has cost us so dearly. You did not have the guts to take bold decisions when needed and now when you are not in the hot seat you want drastic changes. Absolute hypocrisy. Politics apart, Dhoni must be shown the door from Tests irrespective of Nagpur.

  • Srinivas on December 12, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Srikanth needs to take responsibility.. We are here because his team did not have a plan for the retirement of Rahul, VVS and Tendulkar. They did not even talk to these guys about their retirement. The previous selectors should have identified a group of youngsters and partially blooded them in England and Australia...

    The current selection committee is not to be blamed, Srikanth's team needs to take responsibility.

  • Tom on December 12, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    BCCI chairman N.Srinivasan apparently influences selection. He owns one of the IPL teams, CSK. One of his employees at CSK is Dhoni. Dhoni being India captain is an asset to CSK. N.Srinivasan has a conflict of interest that no-one reports on. (He also never played first class cricket)

    How on earth do you guys accept this?

  • Ravi on December 12, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Only thing Srikanth could have done is remove a non performing Tendulkar and make some wise selections. When it comes to removing Dhoni he has absolutely no say over there. As long as N Srinivasan heads the board Ashwin and Dhoni will keep playing.

  • Dummy4 on December 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    A white wash of 4-0 in Australia and in England, if it happened to Australia's team or England Team, do you think their cricket board will keep the captain ? No way. Even the captains would have stepped down as a moral responsibility.

    There is no doubt Dhoni's captaincy in One day and T20s. His test cricketing abilities and captaincy is always questionable.

    I don't find anything wrong with Mohinder's Amarnath statement too.

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