India domestic news November 30, 2011

Zaheer backs Agarkar but draws selector's flak

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Ajit Agarkar's decision to return home from Cuttack after being dropped by Mumbai for the Ranji Trophy match against Orissa has spun off a separate controversy, with his team-mate Zaheer Khan defending him and in turn being criticised by Milind Rege, Mumbai's chairman of selectors.

Zaheer had said Rege and Sulakshan Kulkarni, the Mumbai coach, could have handled the situation with better "communication" and that there was no need to "humiliate" Agarkar.

"I am not the kind of person to say all this, but I just feel that people like Rege and Sulakshan are actually pulling Mumbai cricket back," Zaheer had told Mid-Day. "This is an utter disgrace. I am very disappointed and hurt by the way the whole situation has been handled. It is high time things get sorted out."

A disappointed Agarkar left Cuttack on the morning of the match despite Rege and Nitin Dalal, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) secretary, asking him to stay with the team.

"I am very hurt," Rege told ESPNcricinfo, when asked about Zaheer's reaction. "Because if anybody questions my ability to select or my judgment, it is an opinion of the other person. But if anybody questions my integrity, I will not accept it."

Rege, a former Mumbai captain, said Zaheer should not have made a "personal attack" on him. "He is a very mild guy and I do not know what provoked him to say something so harsh. It is not fair on his part."

Agarkar said he was upset that he hadn't been informed of the team management's decision to drop him earlier, and was told of it only on the eve of the match. Zaheer supported Agarkar's decision. "A player who has done so much for the country and state, has taken over 300 international wickets, has been consistent performer and a certainty in the team at least deserves better communication and respect. There is no reason to humiliate someone who has done great service to your team."

Explaining his decision to leave the squad, Agarkar said what hurt him most was that Rege, who had helped him play for the Tatas, did not inform him in advance. Rege disagreed, saying the policy of the selection panel was clear: select the 15 and then let the captain and coach pick the final XI. "The selection committee feels the coach and the captain are the people on the job on the ground, so how can we select the team five days prior to match. The strategies are discussed in the selection committee but the final decision of whom to take or whom not to take in the XI depends on the wicket and the conditions."

Rege he had spoken to Agarkar on the morning of the game. "He was extremely upset. He was not in a frame of mind to listen. I pleaded with him, literally, to not come back and we would sort out the issue. Even Nitin Dalal tried to convince him. But he was not prepared not to listen."

Rege, however, was confident the issue could be resolved. "I will sit with Ajit and try and defuse the situation." He said Agarkar would be considered during their next selection committee meeting on Saturday to pick the squad for Mumbai's match against Saurashtra in Rajkot from December 6.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • whippingBails on December 2, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Why can't proper process be followed by these joker selectors or even captains. They can't have enuf guts to tell the man to his face. Call him and tell him what the decision is and why they made the decision man to man. why are they afraid. They should also tell him reasons why they are dropping and what criteria if he achieves he will get back in the teams, simple as that. Why can't the selectors have this maturity??

  • ultimatewarrior on December 2, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Everybody should respect everybody....The proper planning and process should be followed...Agarkar is a very good player and now a senior too.....Now Mumbai Cricket Board should take proper precaution in future planning and took proper preventive actions for current incident...

  • mithun2880 on December 2, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Hope Under Sulakshan, Mumbai Cricket does not go the way Team India went under Greg Chappel. Every one wants to see exciting new talents like Aavishkar Salvi, but not surely at cost of a player like Ajit Agarkar. I have grown with Aavishkar(Ricky) and want to see him bowl well like in past where he almost played Tests in Australia but for his series of injuries !!! Mr.Sulakshan Kulkarni, you need to respect a player of calibre of Agarkar with 300+ International Wickets and groom youngsters like Aavishkar Salvi n Dhawal Kulkarni under him coz there is no shortcut for experience.

  • Vikram_Afz on December 2, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Think there's more fish frying there then seems apparent. Although Rege is saying the committee hadn't taken the decision to drop Ajit before the squad left, the latter may know that they did intend that at the time. Otherwise players don't revolt so easily. But maybe it was a heat of the moment thing and Ajit probably hasn't got his facts right. Yes, there has to be a little bit of camaraderie between the Thane lads Sulakshan and Salvi where the coach, the former, was waiting to blood his 'lad'. Territoriality or what? Good point blogger 'mithun2880'.

    And again, Zaheer too supporting Ajit means the case is loaded more in favour of Ajit. Then, Rege wants to defuse the situation. Maybe it's the guilt, or maybe it's just procedure.

    No doubt, Ajit is a watermark of the Mumbai Ranji team and has kept himself fit and going, inspite of having no hopes of national colours again. Deserves a good deal and to be heard out.

  • Nampally on December 1, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    @TRAM;You are right in summarizing your view of Employer/Employee relations.But you are forgetting that the Employee has some rights too. When he feels he is mentally so down that he is going to cause more harm than good, he is right in quitting after informing his employer his reasons. That is exactly what Agarkar did. So Agarkar's quitting is fine by modern standards. ZAK was shocked when he did not see Ajit in the line up & to hear he had left after being dropped. So his first reaction came out in the form it did. We have PR group in every Company which is responsible in treating this matter tactfully. If that was done every thing would have come out fine.Mr.Rege resorted to old fashioned dictatorial way - I am the Boss & I can kick out anyone in whatever manner I like.Agarkar is a respected International player who played for India & Mumbai & expected a decorum of courtesy - "Nazacuth". Mr. Rege's approach was brash & uncouth - bit like colonial ruler!.Hence the fuss.

  • crram on December 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    It starts from the top of the pile. Sharad Pawar and his goons did it to Dilip Vengsarkar who though is a introvert but looks only for performance is defeated in the elections. Even Gavaskar and Shastri did not support Vengsarkar so that they will not lose freebies thrown by the politicians. Shastri is a small time crook and shame on all these people for pulling the game down to a muddle.

  • TRAM on December 1, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I hate people saying "Agarkar" or X or Y deserves better treatment. No one is superior to others. Every one deserves the SAME , GOOD treatment, one not better and another not worse. No one is indispensable. The only way Agarkar can leave the place is if he quits his job. If I am working on a site for my employer, the only way I can leave the place (against my employer's wishes) is, if I quit. The fact that Agarkar chose to leave the place means he quits. Period. Else disciplinary action should be taken. And disciplinary action should be taken on Zaheer for sure for bad-mouthing his employers. Why should these highly paid cricketers be treated in any different manner?? Because they are "stars" ?? They need to realize they are lucky to represent their state/country. There are zillions waiting in the queue for the same opportunity. There were times when great players played with no salary. Current cricketers are lucky in many ways. Take the job or leave it.

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    He may be out of form, may not even deserve a place in the team..agreed. The only question is the way this was treated.. he has served the country for15 years..may not have lived upto the expectations but has won us many matches including a test match in Australia which NO other Indian fast bowler has. He could have been told earlier that he wouldn't be playing..but not one night before the match, obviously there are reasons other than cricket. I am one of his biggest fans and have always loved his gentlemanly behaviour. His reaction shows that how much this decision has hurt him. In one line, Senior cricketers may be asked to leave but there is a way of doing it respectfully! 2nd highest wicket taking fast bowler for india in one dayers! more than even zaheer..with one of the best strike rates of all time. never got his due!

  • Rumy1 on December 1, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Feel for Ajit Agarkar. It appears Sulakshan Kulkarni wanted Avishkar Salvi to play. He may have played the politics. Hope this is not true. On the flip side Ajit should rethink about his playing plans. It's time for him to give back to Mumbai cricket and make way for talented youngsters in the team. He has had a good stint. There is no way he can make a comeback to Indian team.

  • cricfanraj on December 1, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I feel for Agarkar here. Though some people acting like saints , Game is above player etc....,the reality is every senior contributer ( in any job) needs minimum respect. THere is nothing wrong in dropping a player but you need not humiliate them.This is poor way of handling seniors

  • whippingBails on December 2, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    Why can't proper process be followed by these joker selectors or even captains. They can't have enuf guts to tell the man to his face. Call him and tell him what the decision is and why they made the decision man to man. why are they afraid. They should also tell him reasons why they are dropping and what criteria if he achieves he will get back in the teams, simple as that. Why can't the selectors have this maturity??

  • ultimatewarrior on December 2, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Everybody should respect everybody....The proper planning and process should be followed...Agarkar is a very good player and now a senior too.....Now Mumbai Cricket Board should take proper precaution in future planning and took proper preventive actions for current incident...

  • mithun2880 on December 2, 2011, 7:58 GMT

    Hope Under Sulakshan, Mumbai Cricket does not go the way Team India went under Greg Chappel. Every one wants to see exciting new talents like Aavishkar Salvi, but not surely at cost of a player like Ajit Agarkar. I have grown with Aavishkar(Ricky) and want to see him bowl well like in past where he almost played Tests in Australia but for his series of injuries !!! Mr.Sulakshan Kulkarni, you need to respect a player of calibre of Agarkar with 300+ International Wickets and groom youngsters like Aavishkar Salvi n Dhawal Kulkarni under him coz there is no shortcut for experience.

  • Vikram_Afz on December 2, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    Think there's more fish frying there then seems apparent. Although Rege is saying the committee hadn't taken the decision to drop Ajit before the squad left, the latter may know that they did intend that at the time. Otherwise players don't revolt so easily. But maybe it was a heat of the moment thing and Ajit probably hasn't got his facts right. Yes, there has to be a little bit of camaraderie between the Thane lads Sulakshan and Salvi where the coach, the former, was waiting to blood his 'lad'. Territoriality or what? Good point blogger 'mithun2880'.

    And again, Zaheer too supporting Ajit means the case is loaded more in favour of Ajit. Then, Rege wants to defuse the situation. Maybe it's the guilt, or maybe it's just procedure.

    No doubt, Ajit is a watermark of the Mumbai Ranji team and has kept himself fit and going, inspite of having no hopes of national colours again. Deserves a good deal and to be heard out.

  • Nampally on December 1, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    @TRAM;You are right in summarizing your view of Employer/Employee relations.But you are forgetting that the Employee has some rights too. When he feels he is mentally so down that he is going to cause more harm than good, he is right in quitting after informing his employer his reasons. That is exactly what Agarkar did. So Agarkar's quitting is fine by modern standards. ZAK was shocked when he did not see Ajit in the line up & to hear he had left after being dropped. So his first reaction came out in the form it did. We have PR group in every Company which is responsible in treating this matter tactfully. If that was done every thing would have come out fine.Mr.Rege resorted to old fashioned dictatorial way - I am the Boss & I can kick out anyone in whatever manner I like.Agarkar is a respected International player who played for India & Mumbai & expected a decorum of courtesy - "Nazacuth". Mr. Rege's approach was brash & uncouth - bit like colonial ruler!.Hence the fuss.

  • crram on December 1, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    It starts from the top of the pile. Sharad Pawar and his goons did it to Dilip Vengsarkar who though is a introvert but looks only for performance is defeated in the elections. Even Gavaskar and Shastri did not support Vengsarkar so that they will not lose freebies thrown by the politicians. Shastri is a small time crook and shame on all these people for pulling the game down to a muddle.

  • TRAM on December 1, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    I hate people saying "Agarkar" or X or Y deserves better treatment. No one is superior to others. Every one deserves the SAME , GOOD treatment, one not better and another not worse. No one is indispensable. The only way Agarkar can leave the place is if he quits his job. If I am working on a site for my employer, the only way I can leave the place (against my employer's wishes) is, if I quit. The fact that Agarkar chose to leave the place means he quits. Period. Else disciplinary action should be taken. And disciplinary action should be taken on Zaheer for sure for bad-mouthing his employers. Why should these highly paid cricketers be treated in any different manner?? Because they are "stars" ?? They need to realize they are lucky to represent their state/country. There are zillions waiting in the queue for the same opportunity. There were times when great players played with no salary. Current cricketers are lucky in many ways. Take the job or leave it.

  • on December 1, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    He may be out of form, may not even deserve a place in the team..agreed. The only question is the way this was treated.. he has served the country for15 years..may not have lived upto the expectations but has won us many matches including a test match in Australia which NO other Indian fast bowler has. He could have been told earlier that he wouldn't be playing..but not one night before the match, obviously there are reasons other than cricket. I am one of his biggest fans and have always loved his gentlemanly behaviour. His reaction shows that how much this decision has hurt him. In one line, Senior cricketers may be asked to leave but there is a way of doing it respectfully! 2nd highest wicket taking fast bowler for india in one dayers! more than even zaheer..with one of the best strike rates of all time. never got his due!

  • Rumy1 on December 1, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    Feel for Ajit Agarkar. It appears Sulakshan Kulkarni wanted Avishkar Salvi to play. He may have played the politics. Hope this is not true. On the flip side Ajit should rethink about his playing plans. It's time for him to give back to Mumbai cricket and make way for talented youngsters in the team. He has had a good stint. There is no way he can make a comeback to Indian team.

  • cricfanraj on December 1, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    I feel for Agarkar here. Though some people acting like saints , Game is above player etc....,the reality is every senior contributer ( in any job) needs minimum respect. THere is nothing wrong in dropping a player but you need not humiliate them.This is poor way of handling seniors

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:55 GMT

    Feel for Agarkar here, completely understand his frustration and anger at the way he has been treated. Rege needs to put himself in Agarkar's shoes and think for once what he would have done in that situation.

  • timtom on December 1, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Ajit is THE BEST ODI bowler india has produced. HIs records speaks for that. He has won numerous matches for INDIA. He is any day better replacement for current Praveen Kumar. But unfortunately has run out of luck and favour. What people more tend to remember would be his poor batting records after being touted as an allrounder especially against AUS, his unusual high run rate in latter part of his career and what ever that might be against him.. He should still be a part of India ODI plans. Atleast complete his 300 wickets and give a honourable exit. He certainly deserves that.

  • on December 1, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    Agarkar is not a consistent perfomer and the time for him leave his place to some good performing youngsters. No one needs to think that he will automatically pick to the team. He had his enough chances both in the national and international levels. People having more skills than Agarkar not even handed over international cap. In india the bowlers are getting enough chances than the batsman. I wondered always the batsman like Sarath never played for India. He was one of the best performer at Ranji level. Maybe fab 4 blocked the place for others.

  • mithun2880 on December 1, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    It's a nice cooked plan by none other then the new Mumbai Coach Sulakshan Kulkarni. He had purposely dropped Agarkar to his prodigy Aavishkar Salvi in the playing eleven. Please do not blame Wasim Jaffer.....I know the truth bcos i have played with both Sulakshan Kulkarni and Aavishkar Salvi !!! C'mon Sulakshan, tell the world who is playing the cards and whose the real culprit...

  • trg93 on December 1, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Agarkar is one of the best fast bowlers India has ever produced.... he should be clubbed along with zak,wenky,srinath... however he has always been under-rated and treated badly... zaheer is absolutely right in wat hes done in fact, everyone would love Agarkar to be back in the Indian Team!!

  • VVS_a_class_act on December 1, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Agarkar is the best ODI bowler that India ever produced. He is even better thatn the so called contemporary great bowlers like Steyn and Anderson etc in ODIs. Check out Ajit's ODI stats, he has better economy, better strike rate, better avg... What else you required to be a great bowler. I dont know when did people saw his beaten by all the batsmen all over!!!!!!!!!!! He is pride of Indian pace bowling. He shoud have been treated in a good manner. Shame on MCA and Wasim Jaffer. Zak is right......

  • abhitupe on December 1, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Yes, people can criticise that Agarkar has not performed well a he had too much talent and potential which was not seen in international cricket. But, whenever he has turned up for a game for Mumbai, he is still a massive contributor, being in the seen as under-16 side for so many years for mumbai now. He agree to the fact even it was fine, if he was taken in confidence and told him and I think he "DESERVES" that. Because when you turn up for a game you take it for granted that you will play the game, at least when you are at where Ajit is today. To be fair he has been a very good performer at Ranji for Mumbai. Even if it meant the match was in Mumbai. and there I guess Rege, Jaffer and Sulakshan all have just not anticipated the situation. I know they also would have felt it better to procrastinate this as how to tell the player. But, their strategy has not worked. This is not good when there are Yadavs, Abdullahs and Kulkarnis who are watching what might happen to them one day

  • Naresh28 on December 1, 2011, 6:39 GMT

    TACT and RESPECT are needed when delaing with senior cricketers. This should apply to everyone including fans e.g anti sachin fans. Agarkar is past his best. People forget that he was part of a team that was going upwards in the sport. Why do people belittle Sachin - he is now 38 yrs old - his 94 versus the windies was a contribution in itself. Why do people expect the 100 which come soon from that innings. hE HAS CONTRIBUTED TO MANY AN INDIAN VICTORY along his path to his milestones and records.

  • mehulmatrix on December 1, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    I agree with what Mr Regge said. Its not necessary that the captain and coach decide on a team 5 days in advance!! I dont think they had already decided before hand to leave out Ajit. I dont think it was that bad and also i think Zaheer is blowing it up too much. Ajit throughout his career seems as guy with a sort of air. Even when he was dropped from Indian team, he told he wasn't given enough chances..huh.Being a responsible and matured senior he should have stayed back. No player is greater than game or team. You need not always be in eleven, who good one would have been. He could have taken up the issue later.

  • cenitin on December 1, 2011, 5:39 GMT

    @vin77...tell me one bowler after Agarkar except Zaheer who is having better carrier in ODI. Everybody wants to have a bowler with 140+ speed and Agarkar was the one who did it consistently and was very attacking (with his line and length) wicket taking bowler and thus went for some runs. You are very happy that you got Yadav and Aaron with 140+ but I would be happy even one of them achieve what Agarkar did in ODIs. I consider him the best ODI Indian fast bowler second will be Zaheer. He has very good natural outswinger ball , then he has alot of variation too inswinger, yorkers, bouncer, slower ball everything . He is also better batsman than many of other bowlers.

  • Nampally on November 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    I fully agree with Zaheer - the decision was devoid of any finesse.Rege should ask himself would he have liked to have been treated thus before axing Agarkar in such a tactless manner.Agarkar played for India and provided a yoeman's service to his country and to Mumbai. It is not a special treatment if he was called aside and told of the Selectors decision ahead of the game and pulled out of the squad.This is the least courtesy expected of any Selectors. Rege & his selectors should look at themselves in the mirror and question themselves as why they were so undignified?

  • vishwanath.sreeraman on November 30, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    feel sad for the Orissa team, surely they deserved to face agarkar; zaheer, get ur act together before lashing out against the coach; its just not done in a team game; a player who demands to be in the X1 doesn't deserve to be playing a team sport; if agarkar agrees to be a part of the team only if he's guaranteed a spot in the X1, then its time to show him the door; agarkar, i hope ur mean team spirit gets u banned for the season;

  • on November 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    PLS BRING BACK AGARKAR BACK INDIAN TEAM BADLY NEEDS HIM........MY FOOT..........NOBODYS ABOVE THE TEAM WHETHER SENIOR OR JUNIOR....IF U ARE IN A COMPANY (A CORPORATE)...AND A JUNIOR PERFORMS BETTER THAN A SENIOR AND IF THE SENIOR IS INCONSISTENT IN HIS PERFORMANCE FOR QUITE A FEW MONTHS WOULD U LIKE 2 KEEP HIM FOR A LONG TIME....IS THE SENIOR ABOVE THE COMPANY AND KEEP HIS PLACE PURELY BCOS HE HAS DONE GR8 DEEDS IN THE GLORIOUS PAST....!! GROW UP AJIT!!

  • kunal3268 on November 30, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    I also agree with zak this is utter disgrace how can u treat a cricketer who has played for the country for a decade be treated like this.....and i also believe that agarkar has not been given his due... i feel bad for him....AGARKAR WE ARE WITH YOU THIS is no way to treat a cricketer like agarkar shame ..the sellectors

  • on November 30, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    Rege needs to get his brain checked.. The treatment meted out would have insulted any veteran ranji player, let alone agarkar. If the same treatment had been given to tendulkar, wouldnt the selectors be questioned? He is just trying to pass on the blame to Jaffer..

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    I am surprised at the juvenile handling of Agarkar, by a senior cricketer, Milind Rege - all the more, because he is also the chairman of the selection committee. I have watched him, interestingly, on Neo Cricket's shows and found him to be a balanced person, but his handling of the Agarkar issue is found wanting. Agarkar has done well for Mumbai, since his departure from the India scene - both in terms of runs and wickets. He is still faster than an, in favour Dhawal Kulkarni or an Aavishkar Salvi. There seems to more here, than meets the eye.

    Good on you, Zaheer - for voicing your opinion loud.

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:27 GMT

    Yes they could have handled the communications in better way but its totally wrong of Agarkar to leave the team and walk away. He is not bigger then the team and if I am the selector I will suspend Agarkar for at least one game for walking out on the team. On game day its the coach and the Captain who decides what is the best combination for the team on that day. Agarkar should appologise to the team. If Zak want to say something as a senior member then he should talk to selector and coach in private not to media. Zak is completely wrong.

  • on November 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    Ajit's frustration and ire stems from the fact that he is no more considered competitive enough to play for India. While the omission from the national side is the wound, the deletion from the ranji squad rubbed salt on it.

  • arvindram on November 30, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    Based on this report, it seems to me that Ajit's and Zak's anger should be directed at Wasim Jaffer and the coach instead of the selectors in Mumbai... the playing XI is determined by them and not the selectors... is this a case of attacking the wrong/weak person and a veiled attack on others? Inflated egos working against each other!!

  • on November 30, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    It is really humilitaing fro Ajit nd he deserve better. he has served country and mumbai team a lot and he deserve respect. Dropping him is not a big deal but dey should have adopted a proper way of communication atleast. If u hv done so much for ur team and den u get this type of treatment , it is obvous u'll feel like dis only.... Its really great doing by Zak to support his teammate.

  • Raki99 on November 30, 2011, 14:26 GMT

    Agarkar has minus 100% chnace of mking it back to indian team he is 34, Just retire mate.

  • gracegift on November 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Milind is right. You select a squad of 15 and then announce the team on the eve of the match as cover for last minute injuries. I think Ajit or any player for that matter should not be given special treatment. Year before last during the final against Karnataka in Mysore, he was caught on camera abusing the crowd from near the boundary after the match. Not done, Ajit.

  • bhushansawant on November 30, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    I really don't understand why they selected Avishkar Salvi for ongoing match.he had played against Railways n got only 2 wickets n got out on 0.Ajit also played a single match.he dint get a wicket n scored only 13 runs.but both the conditions were different.Avishkar played against Railways on a good track.Ajit played against Karnataka on a placid wicket of Brabourne stadium. And on any day Ajit is faar betterthan Avishkar.Coming back to main topic,I dont understand how the coach n selection committee can behave so harsh to a player like Ajit Agarkar.these people did the same with AMOL MUJUMDAR,NILESH KULKARNI,SAIRAJ BAHUTULE,KANITKAR etc. Zak will surely back Ajit. Ajit n Zak are good friends. anyone who loves Mumbai cricket will surely be disappointed due to this issue.I am shocked to know that Wasim Jaffer also dint back up for Ajit.a complete disgrace..

  • on November 30, 2011, 13:40 GMT

    I am Convene With Zaheer ,Ajit Agarkar Deserve a Better Treatment ,He is Mumbai's Senior and Main Bowler and he still have a ability to pick wickets @ international Arena.Unhappy With MCA

  • on November 30, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    well done zaheer to back out ajit agarkar.. To be honest My all time fav bowler has lways been agarkar. I find his action simple and basic for youngsters to learn. And Zaheer honestly my second fav... I would do anything to see agarkar play atleast once in the Indian team. He has the nability to take wickets and he is known as the detroyer of stumps... He is a good batsman too.. Well this incident is shameful. I wish n pray for the best of agarkar and seriously hope for him to play for India one more time.. One more match Agarkar....

    and btw does anyone knw wht has happened to Irphan pathan???

  • Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on November 30, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    reason no.1 to not select Zaheer Khan again :))) how can anyone support this useless guy?

  • swap123kh on November 30, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    u r right zaheer agarkar deserves better treatment than what he has got

  • on November 30, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Gr8 job Zaheer !!!!1 And thnx for saying such lovely things about Ajit .... Indeed he has done a good service not only to Mumbai but also for Indian Cricket.

  • Sachit1979 on November 30, 2011, 12:50 GMT

    Moreover they had selected him as vice captain of the side. What would be morale of youngsters if seniors are treated like this.

  • AtticusFinch on November 30, 2011, 12:21 GMT

    I think that Zaheer of late has been shooting his mouth of too often. No One has to be given preferential treatment if he played for the National team or not. There are selection procedures that needs to be adhered to and if Agarkar and Zaheer are not impressed with that, they can hang up their boots and sit at home. Zaheer also has been living on past glories. And he is the person who said last month that the Indian bodies and diet are not ideal for building fast bowlers. Ishant, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron all prove you wrong, Mr. So called expert. Just zip up and play hard if you want to be on the plane to Australia. Or do the Ranji grind like Bhajji and Irfan for the next couple of years.

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:20 GMT

    Not only d Mumbai selectors but also d Indian selectors are not communicated well with "LONER" Agarkar.Gud to see Zaheer backs his team-mate.This z unfair yaar.He Sacrifices a-lot to both d teams(State n National).But selectors shows dis type of respect to him.He is like another LAXMAN(no guarantee 4 place) in d team.Still he deserves d place in d national team but d national selectors are not interested on him.I'm sorry AJIT.........

  • vin77 on November 30, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    Ajit Agarkar has played longer than he deserves to play.He held up the position in the Indian team for so long that more deserving bowler did not get to play.Every Ranji team (Plate league included) has had at least one medium pace bowler who was/is streets ahead of Agarkar,but then only Agarkar got an extended run inspite of being hammered by opposition all over the world.He played purely because he was from Mumbai & so if the team is asking him to call it a day then he should oblige the large Indian Cricket fraternity.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    The axing of Ajit Agarkar from the Mumbai Ranji playing XI is surprising. A player of Ajit Agarkar's quality should be given a long run. Nice to know that Zaheer Khan supported Agarkar in this situation. What is happening in Mumbai Ranji selection is not good. A senior like Agarkar is informing late and want to sit on the bench of Ranji match is not thinkable. The selectors have done a bad job. Agarkar was an allrounder for India some years back when Saurav Ganguly was in charge of Indian Captaincy. Injuries and the entry of new players made him sit out and believe me he is still good for International tour, and can do good for the country. The test century he made in England is still in our minds. Treat Ajit Agarkar in a pleasant way. What happened is unfortunate.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    how many times has Agarkar been at the wrong end of the selectors..!! Utter shame on the selectors

  • debarshi11 on November 30, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Zaheer is absolutely right in supporting his teammate. A players of Agarkar's stature should have been given a better treatment by the Mumbai team management. He deserves to be treated in a more dignified manner. Hardly anyone knows but he is the third highest wicket taker in ODIs for India. His bowling figures are way better than any of the current bowlers playing international cricket for India. He has been regular wicket taker even if sometimes he has been expensive. We never remember him like Srinath or Kumble but atleast in ODIs he has been big achiever. Though he is the least praised cricketer in India but he atleast deserves more respect in domestic cricket. So Zaheer is absolutely right for being harsh to the Mumbai team management.

  • Veera_Kannadiga on November 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Well done Zak!!, People should remember that Agarkar was a vital part of the National team for more than a decade and still continues to be a part but due to the foolhardy selection experience does not stand a chance now and has like other experienced players been victimized by this MAFIA. Hope the Big six in the current national team are treated appropriately in the coming years. Thanks to Zak again for bringing this up.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Mumbai cricket is in poor lights for last few years. The MCA election process has lead to election of undeserving people at helms of affairs. Few years back some MCA officials were discussing retirement of Sachin and Dravid. That is the level we have reached. What would you expect more. Look at the way they are handling local tournaments. I am surprised to see Milind Rege at center stage of this issue.

  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Mumbai do have Dhawal and salvi.. Zak is going to move out after this match or the next match.. They could have handled Agarkar a little better i think.. Agarkar was not so successful last match but it was in different conditions.. Probably, he should have politely discussed with the guys and sorted out.. Dropping a guy is not a crime at any cost.. He should have understood the situation and behaved better.. Zak stepped in unnecessarily.. Now widening the gap between the concerned ppl..

  • Percy_Fender on November 30, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    This just shows where cricket in Mumbai is headed. It is time someone who cares really advised all of them.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I very well agree with Zaheer. There should have been proper communication from the selection panel.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I wonder if Zak is blowing this up to create an issue and somehow circumvent playing the next match which he needs to in order to prove his fitness.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Well done Zaheer; good that you supported Ajit - "the lonely" Agarkar. He indeed deserved better communication at least. He has single handedly won Mumbai PLENTY of games with ball & bat, both. He deserves the respect. The incident is indeed a shameful & unfortunate one. I really do not understand how could Wasim Jaffer be so harsh on him though!

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  • on November 30, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Well done Zaheer; good that you supported Ajit - "the lonely" Agarkar. He indeed deserved better communication at least. He has single handedly won Mumbai PLENTY of games with ball & bat, both. He deserves the respect. The incident is indeed a shameful & unfortunate one. I really do not understand how could Wasim Jaffer be so harsh on him though!

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:13 GMT

    I wonder if Zak is blowing this up to create an issue and somehow circumvent playing the next match which he needs to in order to prove his fitness.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:16 GMT

    I very well agree with Zaheer. There should have been proper communication from the selection panel.

  • Percy_Fender on November 30, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    This just shows where cricket in Mumbai is headed. It is time someone who cares really advised all of them.

  • satish619chandar on November 30, 2011, 10:48 GMT

    Mumbai do have Dhawal and salvi.. Zak is going to move out after this match or the next match.. They could have handled Agarkar a little better i think.. Agarkar was not so successful last match but it was in different conditions.. Probably, he should have politely discussed with the guys and sorted out.. Dropping a guy is not a crime at any cost.. He should have understood the situation and behaved better.. Zak stepped in unnecessarily.. Now widening the gap between the concerned ppl..

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    Mumbai cricket is in poor lights for last few years. The MCA election process has lead to election of undeserving people at helms of affairs. Few years back some MCA officials were discussing retirement of Sachin and Dravid. That is the level we have reached. What would you expect more. Look at the way they are handling local tournaments. I am surprised to see Milind Rege at center stage of this issue.

  • Veera_Kannadiga on November 30, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Well done Zak!!, People should remember that Agarkar was a vital part of the National team for more than a decade and still continues to be a part but due to the foolhardy selection experience does not stand a chance now and has like other experienced players been victimized by this MAFIA. Hope the Big six in the current national team are treated appropriately in the coming years. Thanks to Zak again for bringing this up.

  • debarshi11 on November 30, 2011, 11:17 GMT

    Zaheer is absolutely right in supporting his teammate. A players of Agarkar's stature should have been given a better treatment by the Mumbai team management. He deserves to be treated in a more dignified manner. Hardly anyone knows but he is the third highest wicket taker in ODIs for India. His bowling figures are way better than any of the current bowlers playing international cricket for India. He has been regular wicket taker even if sometimes he has been expensive. We never remember him like Srinath or Kumble but atleast in ODIs he has been big achiever. Though he is the least praised cricketer in India but he atleast deserves more respect in domestic cricket. So Zaheer is absolutely right for being harsh to the Mumbai team management.

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    how many times has Agarkar been at the wrong end of the selectors..!! Utter shame on the selectors

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    The axing of Ajit Agarkar from the Mumbai Ranji playing XI is surprising. A player of Ajit Agarkar's quality should be given a long run. Nice to know that Zaheer Khan supported Agarkar in this situation. What is happening in Mumbai Ranji selection is not good. A senior like Agarkar is informing late and want to sit on the bench of Ranji match is not thinkable. The selectors have done a bad job. Agarkar was an allrounder for India some years back when Saurav Ganguly was in charge of Indian Captaincy. Injuries and the entry of new players made him sit out and believe me he is still good for International tour, and can do good for the country. The test century he made in England is still in our minds. Treat Ajit Agarkar in a pleasant way. What happened is unfortunate.