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Goa drop Asnodkar for two matches

Nagraj Gollapudi

November 8, 2011

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Manoj Badale talks to Swapnil Asnodkar at a Rajasthan Royals practice session, Cape Town, April 15, 2009
Swapnil Asnodkar (right) has been punished for going against what was decided at a team meeting © Getty Images
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The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has decided to drop its interim captain Swapnil Asnodkar for two Ranji Trophy matches because he decided to call off an achievable chase against Maharashtra in the first round of the Plate group. The fixture in Povorim ended in a draw, giving the visitors three points because of their first-innings lead and Goa only one.

Ganeshraj Narvekar, son of current GCA president Dayanand Narvekar, took 5 for 48 on Ranji debut to restrict Maharashtra to 91 in their second innings, which left Goa with a target of 130 in about 20 overs. However, Asnodkar, who was leading Goa in the absence of the injured Shadab Jakati, decided to abort the chase after six overs. The hosts were on 18 for 1 at the time, with Asnodkar on 5 and Abhishek Raut on 8.

Asnodkar's decision had gone against what was decided at the team meeting during the innings break - that Goa would attempt to reach the target - and left the team management and the GCA selectors confused. Amit Yadav, a hard-hitting batsman, had also replaced Vaibhav Naik, Asnodkar's regular opening partner, to help kickstart the chase.

"The decision was taken with the coach in the team meeting that we are chasing it," said Prasad Phaterpekar, the GCA secretary. "Accordingly we changed the opening combination. Abhishek Raut came one down. Both [Raut and Asnodkar] were Twenty20 specialists. After six overs, he [Asnodkar] just called off the match on his own as captain."

Patharpekar, who had rushed to the ground after hearing about Narvekar's bowling exploits, was astonished by Asnodkar's decision, as was the Goa selection panel comprising Prashant Kakode, Chandra Tendulkar and Prakash Mayekar. Phaterpekar consulted Goa coach Vivke Kolambkar, who had failed to get a response from Asnodkar. The decision to drop Asnodkar for the games against Assam and Jammu & Kashmir was unanimous.

"We wanted to send a message that this was not in the interests of the team," Phaterpekar said. If Asnodkar does not face further disciplinary action he will be eligible for selection for the home game against Hyderabad starting on November 29. Asnodkar remained unavailable for a comment.

Asnodkar had become popular during the first IPL in 2008, when Shane Warne called him 'the Goa Cannon' because of the aggressive starts he gave Rajasthan Royals. In the team document designed at the beginning of the season, Warne's note to Asnodkar read, "set up the innings with clever stroke play and use your strong wrists. Run like a rabbit between the wickets. Must be one of the shining lights in the field."

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Posted by satish619chandar on (November 10, 2011, 6:30 GMT)

@DINESHCC : I do agree they should have played for win.. Never care even if they managed to score 60 in those 14 overs.. Negative mindset should have no place in cricket.. I was watching the match that day and felt very sad(Similar feeling to the Kolkata semi in 1996).. With our batting lineup, there was noway we could have lost that game.. Shame on the team to not to go for win..

Posted by trueindian on (November 9, 2011, 17:27 GMT)

@DINESHCC : see friend, u must have a winning attitude always.... learn from zimbabweans....they nearly pulled off the chase, had they been a little patient it had been a different story...And nw u tell that Dhoni was right in his approach...remember cricket is played for winning, not for dull stalemates.

Posted by Cluedin on (November 9, 2011, 16:36 GMT)

@dineshcc: I am not clear on what you are trying to communicate. If you are asking why BCCI did not suspend Dhoni, I think Uday had responded to it. Also there was no report of any dissenting opinion within the Team Management in West Indies. However, here it is clearly reported that the decision of Swapnil was at odds with the plan discussed. As Natmastak mentioned, probably the whole story is still not known. What all of us are applauding here is the enforcement of discipline. Again, discipline is enforced at the basic level, when the players are yet to be a part of the Indian Team, it will help them when they are drafted into the Senior Team.

Posted by uday_narayanan on (November 9, 2011, 14:39 GMT)

@DINESHCC - I think you are missing the point. Asnodkar was banned because it was decided in the team meeting that they would go for the target and he on his own without consulting the team decided call off the game and settle for 1 point when they could have got 4 points with a win. On the other hand the game you are talking about where India did not go for the target, India was already leading in the series and it would have been stupid to try for the target and end up being all out. Probably that's why they decided to call off that game. It was a team decision and I am sure MS would have consulted with the coach and the seniors. If MS had called off the game when the whole team had decided to go for the target, he would definitely have faced the consequences

Posted by   on (November 9, 2011, 11:47 GMT)

@dineshcc: Firstly, the BCCI has already banned Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar for batting too slowly in an ODI against West Indies (during a Tri-series in '94). So, please don't expect the BCCI to emulate that 'feat' again. They have other 'serious' issues, mind you. Secondly, don't try to make your point by typing in ALL CAPS. Hope you adhere to the what I said.

Posted by abhi20690 on (November 9, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

It really nice to see that a state cricket association has balls to take a bold decision. Kudos

Posted by   on (November 9, 2011, 8:02 GMT)

I like the decision. Me being from Goa, I was hoping they wud win and it seemed they could achieve a remarkable result. But the so called IPL superstar ruined it for us. He didnt even perform well in the match. Hope he never plays for Goa again

Posted by DINESHCC on (November 9, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

CLUEDIN, VIVEK BHANDARI, TRUEINDIAN, SATISH619CHANDAR: JULY 6 TO 10: AGAINST WEST INDIES, 4TH INNNINGS TARGET WAS 180 FROM 46 OVERS. THE TEAM SCORED 94/3 IN 32 OVERS. ONLY 86 RUNS TO BE SOCRED IN 14 OVERS (THE RRR IS ONLY 6). AT THAT STAGE THE CAPTAIN AGREED FOR A DRAW WITH DARREN SAAMY. THE TEAM WAS INDIA. THE CAPTAIN WAS M.S.DHONI. THE AFFILIATE (GOA CRICKET BOARD) OF BCCI TOOK A STRONG DECISION TO SUSPEND THE GOAN CAPTAIN. WHAT ABOUTH BCCI?

Posted by satish619chandar on (November 9, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

Good one.. Hope all the state associations prepare tracks which supports bowlers a bit(Any kind of them) and let the teams play for win.. Points for draw should be abolished.. Declaring winners on first innings lead need to be looked and changed to any other competitive way of deciding the winner in knockout stages.. The need of the hour is to instill the attacking mindset in players and play towards win!

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (November 8, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

i dont think we are getting the whole story.

Posted by trueindian on (November 8, 2011, 11:52 GMT)

Unbelievable!! A Target as simple as 130 from 20 overs! Swapnil has played so much IPL, its against logic to accept his decision. when teams have played and won 200 runs target from 20 overs, it is against rationale to independently call off the assault. We suspect he wasnt interested in chasing that very easy target but still obliged in the team meetings. Please take stricter action against him and drop him altogether from the team as he is creating unwanted tensions in the team. Plz.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

Good initiative by the Goa association. Such steps should be taken to promote cricket more interesting.

Posted by Cluedin on (November 8, 2011, 7:48 GMT)

It is is nice to see that the association/ selection comittee of the team is pushing for a result and punishing the captain for being too defensive. Hopefully this will act as a motivator for the teams to play for a result. Also if no points are awarded for a draw, it might act as an additional motivation for teams to play for a result.

Posted by   on (November 8, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

Cricket is a game of team & not a bunch of individuals! Wish he understands that! Disappointed with it.....If a captain takes a decision,he should have at least consulted the team or at least should have faith in the team! Its not just about captain..its about all the players!And all the players are same when they play against opposition!

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