India news July 9, 2011

Selectors defend Emerging Players squad

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A section of the BCCI selection committee was unaware, while picking the squad, of the major changes in the format of the Emerging Players tournament in Australia in August. That may have led to a few contentious choices in the 15-man squad, the most controversial being Anirudha Srikkanth, the son of selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

For the first time in its six years, the Emerging Players Tournament has moved from being an event featuring Twenty20 and 50-over games to exclusively three-day matches. This information was not available to some selectors during their meeting when they believed they were choosing the second rung of India's limited-overs talent, and in so doing added in a couple of misfits.

Eyebrows were raised over Anirudha's selection but those selectors ESPNcricinfo spoke to stressed there was no pressure to include him, and one of them denied that Srikkanth senior had proposed the son's name. The selector said that during a previous meeting, when Anirudha's name had come up for discussion, Srikkanth had volunteered to leave the room. The current selection meeting however was conducted over the telephone as two of the selectors were in the West Indies when the team had to be picked.

"Anirudha's name has been up for discussion for a while now, not so much as a three-day specialist but as someone who is good in limited-overs, T20 and 50-overs. The records of both Saurabh Tiwary [another surprise choice] and Anirudha are similar - we need to see if they have the X-factor in T20. They can both hit a long ball and we believed they needed an opportunity to see how they do at the Emerging Players level."

The selector said of Anirudha: "We know that he is not consistent enough in four-day cricket, but he is an impact player in T20 cricket. The format in itself is inconsistent and we believe that he has the capacity to get you a win every five or six matches. He's done well at the Champions League, which is one level higher from the IPL; he won a match for Chennai."

When asked whether he was aware that the tournament format had changed from limited-overs to three-day cricket, the selector said, "that's news" yet believed that the squad was "covered".

The Emerging Players tournament began in 2005 as a T20 event, but for the last four years has consisted of Twenty20 and 50-over matches. The change of format was approved by all participating nations and formally announced on May 28, 2011. Cricket Australia general manager Michael Brown is quoted as saying, on the ICC's official website, that the format change would give players, "a good competitive taste of all formats with this longer series complementing the T20 tournament that will be hosted by the Malaysian Cricket Association just beforehand."

The Malaysian T20 tournament was to be held in early July but was cancelled on June 12. The Emerging Players tournament will be played in Townsville for the first time with Brown saying: "We feel it's important to provide a variety of conditions for the development of the players and the new facilities at Endeavour Park with multiple grounds will provide teams with first-class services."

Sharda Ugra is senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Harshtmm on July 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    S Aniruddha is not good even for domestic team. This is ridiculous

  • bigwonder on July 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    And we all were blaming Lalit Modi!!!!

  • jazzfreak on July 11, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    These guys are paid 40 lakhs per annum for what?? The least the Chairman of the Selectors could have done was to update each of them in an email about the conditions of the tournament Surely the ICC would have mailed him the conditions He did not do that Instead he conducted the whole matter in his usual flippant manner resulting in selecting a T20 team instead of a long format team Adding fuel to the fire is the selection of his own son Not to say that the other selectors can be absolved For that kind of money they should have been abreast of the matter themselves By this act of omission they have destroyed the careers of a few and upped those like Anirudha Now some concerted efforts by the Board are necessary to groom those who missed the bus but deserve to be in this team and make amends The selectors should be reprimanded and should be asked to tender an apology or quit

  • cricketbreakingnews on July 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Sharda and other friends...Srikanth might have done a good job by picking up the squad which won the T20 and ICC World Cup and may be responsible for picking up the squad responsible for reaching the no.1 status in Test Cricket... However... picking up a national cricket team is easy when compared to picking up squads for tournaments such as EP or for India A Team... The National Team always has about 12 players who are certain to make the squad for any tournament or any tour or for any formats... The Selectors just need to discuss on the remaining 2 or 3 slots... which i feel personally is a cakewalk for the selectors with the kind of bench strength we have in place...

  • madras_boy on July 11, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Chika's team selection has not gone wrong as a chief selector. So no concerns for Ani's selection. Hope he performs well to shut all these criticisms. Comeon Ani, itz time to prove the detractors wrong.

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Aniruddha's selection is questionable. But I am not able to understand why people want Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary etc... Both of them are struggling. I think they should have tried Valthathy. But Aniruddha's selection is much better than selection of people like Vikram Rathore, Dewang Gandhi, Sujeet Somasundar, Jocob Martin...

  • on July 10, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    good that anirudha is selected. fast men from south africa and australia will unsettle him. he shall come home a broken man and shall never be heard of again. atleast that will deter the selectors from picking him for the national team!

  • HOTCHA on July 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    What a bunch of bungling fools ! They are selecting a team, and they lack information on the format of tournament itself ?

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 10, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @adith_thegod Not enuf. Why did his name come up in the first place? There are better players who have higher average.There are better players available in IPL too for chennai.

  • ashok16 on July 10, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    "Brother, what is the format for this emerging players tournament? " "Wait let me call the BCCI office to check or I can just check the tournament web site." Arent these paid selectors. Cant they do at least this much. If not nepotism, they should be should be fired for incompetency.

  • Harshtmm on July 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    S Aniruddha is not good even for domestic team. This is ridiculous

  • bigwonder on July 12, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    And we all were blaming Lalit Modi!!!!

  • jazzfreak on July 11, 2011, 15:58 GMT

    These guys are paid 40 lakhs per annum for what?? The least the Chairman of the Selectors could have done was to update each of them in an email about the conditions of the tournament Surely the ICC would have mailed him the conditions He did not do that Instead he conducted the whole matter in his usual flippant manner resulting in selecting a T20 team instead of a long format team Adding fuel to the fire is the selection of his own son Not to say that the other selectors can be absolved For that kind of money they should have been abreast of the matter themselves By this act of omission they have destroyed the careers of a few and upped those like Anirudha Now some concerted efforts by the Board are necessary to groom those who missed the bus but deserve to be in this team and make amends The selectors should be reprimanded and should be asked to tender an apology or quit

  • cricketbreakingnews on July 11, 2011, 12:17 GMT

    Sharda and other friends...Srikanth might have done a good job by picking up the squad which won the T20 and ICC World Cup and may be responsible for picking up the squad responsible for reaching the no.1 status in Test Cricket... However... picking up a national cricket team is easy when compared to picking up squads for tournaments such as EP or for India A Team... The National Team always has about 12 players who are certain to make the squad for any tournament or any tour or for any formats... The Selectors just need to discuss on the remaining 2 or 3 slots... which i feel personally is a cakewalk for the selectors with the kind of bench strength we have in place...

  • madras_boy on July 11, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Chika's team selection has not gone wrong as a chief selector. So no concerns for Ani's selection. Hope he performs well to shut all these criticisms. Comeon Ani, itz time to prove the detractors wrong.

  • on July 11, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    Aniruddha's selection is questionable. But I am not able to understand why people want Uthappa, Saurabh Tiwary etc... Both of them are struggling. I think they should have tried Valthathy. But Aniruddha's selection is much better than selection of people like Vikram Rathore, Dewang Gandhi, Sujeet Somasundar, Jocob Martin...

  • on July 10, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    good that anirudha is selected. fast men from south africa and australia will unsettle him. he shall come home a broken man and shall never be heard of again. atleast that will deter the selectors from picking him for the national team!

  • HOTCHA on July 10, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    What a bunch of bungling fools ! They are selecting a team, and they lack information on the format of tournament itself ?

  • sachin_vvsfan on July 10, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    @adith_thegod Not enuf. Why did his name come up in the first place? There are better players who have higher average.There are better players available in IPL too for chennai.

  • ashok16 on July 10, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    "Brother, what is the format for this emerging players tournament? " "Wait let me call the BCCI office to check or I can just check the tournament web site." Arent these paid selectors. Cant they do at least this much. If not nepotism, they should be should be fired for incompetency.

  • on July 10, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    why did aniruddhas' name crop up for selection is the bigger question srikkanth did not need to walk out if his name had'nt come up this just explains there is favouritism for that last one or two places which is deeply disturbing there should be no place for some one like n srinivasan who everyone knows is the culprit here.

  • mithun2880 on July 10, 2011, 5:26 GMT

    Sometime durig the year, the selectors wud be meeting for the One Day squad and when Anirudha's name had come up for discussion, Srikkanth will volunteer to leave the room and will get selected in the squad.He's not even half of either Saurabh Tiwary or even Paul Vaulthaty but still in the A team, wht a joke. Badly waiting for Srikanth tenure to end and this nonsense to stop !!!

  • raj129 on July 9, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    It's time to change all selectors! Like players, selectors get jaded over time - the lack of knowledge with regards to the format of the emerging players tournament is no excuse...in fact, it is ridiculous!

  • on July 9, 2011, 16:08 GMT

    Anirudha Srikanth has played 23 1st class matches (1 century, 7 50s and avg 29.45), how can he be similar to Saurabh Tiwari who has avg of 45 and 6 100s in 24 matches?? Their T20 record is similar but where does he stand among the many othT20 players from India?? Just because Anirudha's T20 record is similar to Saurabh shouldn't guaranty a place in EPT as Saurabh's T20 record is also not that great if you compare to many other young Indian batsman but at least Saurabh has 1st class performance to show. Now when they know they can call Anirudha back because it would be a shame if he is selected to play for 3 day matches ahead of at least 30 better players than him.

  • on July 9, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    @ indian_rockers_2015_champs

    Do you know what is emerging player's tournament ?

  • howizzat on July 9, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @adith, Srikkanth must have left the room to clear the decks for selection of Aniruddha.

  • adith_thegod on July 9, 2011, 13:34 GMT

    "when Anirudha's name had come up for discussion, Srikkanth had volunteered to leave the room. " ENough to shut all 'critics' who crap about srikkanth being biased n blah blah. SHow the man some respect, he chose the squad for the WC.

  • indian_rockers_2015_champs on July 9, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    any day uthappa is way better than anirudh srikanth.selectors should give him chances in t20 matches in future .............and selectors please stop being biased ...incompotent players like srikanth and m.vijay will struggle to fit in their respective state teams...

  • jaweed.ali on July 9, 2011, 9:16 GMT

    i strongly object the selection of anirudha (based on performance of IPL and CHAMPIONS LEAGUE) because previously selectors told that they wont pick up players based on the IPL performance, then why these selectors are picking anirudha based on IPL performance....i can see selectors are in favour of tamil nadu players or chennai superkings as you can see lots of players being selected from this....i want all the selectors not to be partial...they have to be loyal to their post as all indians are passionate about cricket...so its humble request not to be partial...thnks

  • on July 9, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Anirudha avg;s 32 in one day cricket, saurabh tiwary avg's just under 47, anirudha scores run a bit quicker, but how can u say that his record is as good as tiwary's???? 15 runs per innings more is a LOT, its the difference between someone that is a decent batsman and someone who is a very good player. And to say saurabh tiwary was a suprise selection is also ridiculous the guy avg's nearly 47 in one dayers and has played for india be4, has played in u 19 WC and has done well in IPL (apart from this season). Anirudha shouldnt be there.

  • Alokp on July 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I think this is as bad an explanation as sheer nepotism. For paid selectors not to be aware that the format of a tournament has changed in this very year is appalling.

  • manju-amruth on July 9, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    What they did, if u looking for oneday player why not uthappa, who already has a experience, what ever the reason they giving all are clear indentify the son love, bring uthappa back, he had decent ranjitrophy also, plz sri dont spoil players life.

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    This Himalayan Heights of Nepotism..This unbelievable.. man.Being a tamilian and keen follower of Tamilnadu Ranji team,i feel disgusted whenever he was picked for ranji team after a string a of very poor scores from his debut .Only last season because of some gud scores his average came to 29 before that it was like some 15-20..In Tamilnadu team players with averaga over 40 were dropped if they failed twice or thrice continuously but this guy kept getting selected season after season without douing anything .They even picked him for Duleep Trophy and challengers trophy even when players with better average than him were not selected..This kind of plain nepotism and corruption makes me to nauseate about BCCI..

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Hell.. ya...people who perform consistently in Ranji 4 day and 1 day matches are ignored for IPL performances..Its been ages since Sourabh Tiwary performed, even in a T20 Match.. and Chika Jnr is taken for his performance in a couple of matches ..great... then why not Paul Valthaty and others in IPL.. Biased... selection and they have very weak explanations in defence...

  • sweetspot on July 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    IF this account is true, then nothing to crib about Aniruddha's selection. Far lesser players have played for India before, and not even when India was #1. This selection committee, purely by records, knows what it is doing. No cribbing when the results are there to show, please.

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    he is taken in to b team not in international team why making so much on that

  • nikemanju on July 9, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Srikanth,, look at the average between Ishank Jaggi,bharat chipli,ravi teja,mandeep singh & Anirudha......... don't spoil future of these cricketers for SON LOVE...........

  • agam99 on July 9, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Except Anirudh , all other selections has been excellent.

  • harekrishnaom on July 9, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Its actually slightly unfair on jr Chika... If his father selects him, then there will be a lot of brouhaha with everyone accusing Chika of selecting a non-deserving player.

    Not selecting a competent player just because one is afraid of public criticism is very foolish. I'm glad the selectors did the right thing by not minding what people are saying.

  • on July 9, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    wow, what an explanation from the richest cricketing body.... Not aware of the change of format. So according to selectors Srikkanth Anirudha deserves to be in the List A and T20 squad.

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  • on July 9, 2011, 4:39 GMT

    wow, what an explanation from the richest cricketing body.... Not aware of the change of format. So according to selectors Srikkanth Anirudha deserves to be in the List A and T20 squad.

  • harekrishnaom on July 9, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Its actually slightly unfair on jr Chika... If his father selects him, then there will be a lot of brouhaha with everyone accusing Chika of selecting a non-deserving player.

    Not selecting a competent player just because one is afraid of public criticism is very foolish. I'm glad the selectors did the right thing by not minding what people are saying.

  • agam99 on July 9, 2011, 5:02 GMT

    Except Anirudh , all other selections has been excellent.

  • nikemanju on July 9, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    Srikanth,, look at the average between Ishank Jaggi,bharat chipli,ravi teja,mandeep singh & Anirudha......... don't spoil future of these cricketers for SON LOVE...........

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    he is taken in to b team not in international team why making so much on that

  • sweetspot on July 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    IF this account is true, then nothing to crib about Aniruddha's selection. Far lesser players have played for India before, and not even when India was #1. This selection committee, purely by records, knows what it is doing. No cribbing when the results are there to show, please.

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Hell.. ya...people who perform consistently in Ranji 4 day and 1 day matches are ignored for IPL performances..Its been ages since Sourabh Tiwary performed, even in a T20 Match.. and Chika Jnr is taken for his performance in a couple of matches ..great... then why not Paul Valthaty and others in IPL.. Biased... selection and they have very weak explanations in defence...

  • on July 9, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    This Himalayan Heights of Nepotism..This unbelievable.. man.Being a tamilian and keen follower of Tamilnadu Ranji team,i feel disgusted whenever he was picked for ranji team after a string a of very poor scores from his debut .Only last season because of some gud scores his average came to 29 before that it was like some 15-20..In Tamilnadu team players with averaga over 40 were dropped if they failed twice or thrice continuously but this guy kept getting selected season after season without douing anything .They even picked him for Duleep Trophy and challengers trophy even when players with better average than him were not selected..This kind of plain nepotism and corruption makes me to nauseate about BCCI..

  • manju-amruth on July 9, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    What they did, if u looking for oneday player why not uthappa, who already has a experience, what ever the reason they giving all are clear indentify the son love, bring uthappa back, he had decent ranjitrophy also, plz sri dont spoil players life.

  • Alokp on July 9, 2011, 7:27 GMT

    I think this is as bad an explanation as sheer nepotism. For paid selectors not to be aware that the format of a tournament has changed in this very year is appalling.