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Amarnath dropped from selection committee, Patil new head

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Mohinder Amarnath, widely predicted to be the next chairman of selectors, has been dropped from the selection committee following its reconstitution on Thursday. Sandeep Patil, Amarnath's World Cup-winning team-mate, is the new chairman of selectors, and Vikram Rathour is his replacement from North Zone. Roger Binny from South Zone, Saba Karim from East Zone, and Rajinder Hans from Central Zone make up the rest of the committee.

The decision was taken at the BCCI's 83rd AGM in Mumbai.

Ever since Amarnath joined the committee last year, it was widely assumed that he would take over from outgoing chairman Kris Srikkanth, but there had been murmurs of a falling-out between Amarnath and the board.

One of the reasons believed to be behind Amarnath's ouster is his being a resident of Mumbai; state associations from North Zone were reported to be unhappy because it prevented him from spending enough time watching young cricketers in the North Zone.

The board chief, N Srinivasan, though, refused to divulge reasons for Amarnath's exclusion. He said that the contract of selectors is reviewed annually, and by no means was Amarnath assured a four-year term. "The term of the selector is maximum of four years, to be elected annually," Srinivasan said. "This is BCCI's decision, and that is not a subject of public discussion. The fact is, the BCCI possibly wanted a new-look selection committee, which is what they have [now]."

Patil's name was a bit of a surprise because former India quick Abey Kuruvilla was considered a certainty from the West Zone. Srinivasan said the board felt a need for a big name as the chairman. "We wanted a person of sufficient stature, a tall man. I think he fits that need." Patil played 29 Tests and 45 ODIs for India in the 1980s, and was a middle-order stalwart for Mumbai. He has also coached India, Kenya and Oman, and was most recently chairman of India's National Cricket Academy.

Srinivasan said Patil's name was not picked out of a hat overnight. "There is a process of consultation," he said. "We went through that consultation. It is not as if the process went on this morning only. The process has been on for some time. There has been extensive consultation among board members for some time."

For Patil this is a transfer from Bangalore, where he was the chairman of the National Cricket Academy. Also from Bangalore comes Binny, a medium-pace bowling allrounder, who was part of the 1983 World Cup-winning side. Karim kept wicket for India and Bihar. Punjab opener Rathour made it to the India side in the 1996-97 season. Hans is the only one on the committee without international experience. He bowled left-arm spin for Uttar Pradesh, and also coached them to a Ranji title.

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  • cric_freakNo2 on September 28, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    degraded politics :x (what is this min of 25 characters thing?)

  • Rangarajan_Rajamani_Chennai on September 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Ganguly is not a good choice. He is highly partisan and he might have been one of the most successful Indian captains, but he has the tendency to back his favourites (much like how Dhoni is criticized today) . . worse, Ganguly is known to be very harsh to those who are not his favourites. . . . So such peple in selection committee is disaster . . .

    But Ganguly is too good to be ignored . . . He can contribute as a coach rather than selector, coz a selector's job is more behind the scenes, which Dravid would fit in perfectly

    The current committee is good enough. I would envision larger roles for Ganguly and Kumble in grooming the team with their strong will power and work ethics (Ganguly may not have the greatest of work ethics, but he would rise to the occasion). Kumble was not the talented bowler but he made up with his determination, much like Venky Prasad. Kumble could be lead coach, with Ganguly and Robin Singh (Overall+Bowling-Kum, Battin-Gang, Field+bowl-Robin Singh)

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath was the onle sane man, amonst the 'Jokers'. Indian cricket has lost a shrewd and an honest man at the helm.

  • VivtheGreatest on September 28, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @Kavindevan, Probably coz if they appointed Kapil or Sunny the 2 legends would have a mind of their own. Read in the paper that Amarnath was booted out coz he wanted to replace Dhoni as the Test captain which didnt go down well with the Boss due to the CSK connection

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    It is Dhoni and Srini. Rest is immaterial.

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Players like sourav gangully must be chairman of selectors. who got perfect attitude to mold a team like india. He is the one who changed indian team to be a world beaters. He makes some tough decisions he encourges young talent and perform at international level all sehwag, yuvraj, harbajan etc. all these have records because of saurav gangully ..

    This message is for "Sourav" u r wasting time in the commentary box u need to involve with indian cricket team as a coach or a cheif selector or a communcation manager.

  • maddy20 on September 28, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @Snehaa BCCI's revenues gross over $2.5 billion. Their broadcast deal with star alone was close to $700 Million. Why do you think BCCI is such a powerful board? Because about 75% of ICC's revenue comes from BCCI.

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @Krishna chaitanya- You were unwantedly bringing regionalism here, srikanth did a great job in his tenure, During kiran more's period, he brought 65% mumbai players into the team and he kick out former captain ganguly. There'll be a change in everything and now selection should be depends on performance and not biased one i hope.

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Why Vikram Rathour as a Selector?? Very Bad choice. Saba Karim was a Wicket Keeper Batsman played for Bengal and India and not Bihar is a straight drive and ok. Where is Madan Lal? He should have been a best choice ahead of Rathour.Some good players from North are missing:- Ajay Ratra, Ajay Sharma, Maninder Singh, Navjodh singh Sidhu, Manoj Prabhakar etc and none of them are here in the Selection committee. Why Amarnath Sacked? Because he asked for Dhoni's removal from Captaincy for Test Team. Amarnath is straight forward person who speaks to the point. After losing 8 tests in a row, MSD is lucky to survive as the captain of India in Tests. Dhoni's captaincy in other formats are fine but he should have dropped from Test Captaincy immediately after the Australian Tour. Things are not looking good at BCCI AGM as USUAL....

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    srikanth is not good man ever haaaassss he goes now no problem Patil comes but its not fair with Jimmy a humble man as much as i know him personally i taked to him when i was young even at that time he was down to earth he talked to me 5 7 min and i never got him he is MOM of famous 1983 WC. he talked me like friend putting his hand on my shoulder. How can u remove this man he always speak right thing and BCCI is bloody hell group of members covered by so many JOKERS.

  • cric_freakNo2 on September 28, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    degraded politics :x (what is this min of 25 characters thing?)

  • Rangarajan_Rajamani_Chennai on September 28, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Ganguly is not a good choice. He is highly partisan and he might have been one of the most successful Indian captains, but he has the tendency to back his favourites (much like how Dhoni is criticized today) . . worse, Ganguly is known to be very harsh to those who are not his favourites. . . . So such peple in selection committee is disaster . . .

    But Ganguly is too good to be ignored . . . He can contribute as a coach rather than selector, coz a selector's job is more behind the scenes, which Dravid would fit in perfectly

    The current committee is good enough. I would envision larger roles for Ganguly and Kumble in grooming the team with their strong will power and work ethics (Ganguly may not have the greatest of work ethics, but he would rise to the occasion). Kumble was not the talented bowler but he made up with his determination, much like Venky Prasad. Kumble could be lead coach, with Ganguly and Robin Singh (Overall+Bowling-Kum, Battin-Gang, Field+bowl-Robin Singh)

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    Mohinder Amarnath was the onle sane man, amonst the 'Jokers'. Indian cricket has lost a shrewd and an honest man at the helm.

  • VivtheGreatest on September 28, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @Kavindevan, Probably coz if they appointed Kapil or Sunny the 2 legends would have a mind of their own. Read in the paper that Amarnath was booted out coz he wanted to replace Dhoni as the Test captain which didnt go down well with the Boss due to the CSK connection

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    It is Dhoni and Srini. Rest is immaterial.

  • on September 28, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    Players like sourav gangully must be chairman of selectors. who got perfect attitude to mold a team like india. He is the one who changed indian team to be a world beaters. He makes some tough decisions he encourges young talent and perform at international level all sehwag, yuvraj, harbajan etc. all these have records because of saurav gangully ..

    This message is for "Sourav" u r wasting time in the commentary box u need to involve with indian cricket team as a coach or a cheif selector or a communcation manager.

  • maddy20 on September 28, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @Snehaa BCCI's revenues gross over $2.5 billion. Their broadcast deal with star alone was close to $700 Million. Why do you think BCCI is such a powerful board? Because about 75% of ICC's revenue comes from BCCI.

  • on September 28, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @Krishna chaitanya- You were unwantedly bringing regionalism here, srikanth did a great job in his tenure, During kiran more's period, he brought 65% mumbai players into the team and he kick out former captain ganguly. There'll be a change in everything and now selection should be depends on performance and not biased one i hope.

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Why Vikram Rathour as a Selector?? Very Bad choice. Saba Karim was a Wicket Keeper Batsman played for Bengal and India and not Bihar is a straight drive and ok. Where is Madan Lal? He should have been a best choice ahead of Rathour.Some good players from North are missing:- Ajay Ratra, Ajay Sharma, Maninder Singh, Navjodh singh Sidhu, Manoj Prabhakar etc and none of them are here in the Selection committee. Why Amarnath Sacked? Because he asked for Dhoni's removal from Captaincy for Test Team. Amarnath is straight forward person who speaks to the point. After losing 8 tests in a row, MSD is lucky to survive as the captain of India in Tests. Dhoni's captaincy in other formats are fine but he should have dropped from Test Captaincy immediately after the Australian Tour. Things are not looking good at BCCI AGM as USUAL....

  • on September 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    srikanth is not good man ever haaaassss he goes now no problem Patil comes but its not fair with Jimmy a humble man as much as i know him personally i taked to him when i was young even at that time he was down to earth he talked to me 5 7 min and i never got him he is MOM of famous 1983 WC. he talked me like friend putting his hand on my shoulder. How can u remove this man he always speak right thing and BCCI is bloody hell group of members covered by so many JOKERS.

  • muski on September 28, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    It looks like Selection committee job is up for grabs for the men who tow BCCI line- no fault with that. Its like the Governor job which Govt of India lands for a loyal politician. Only grouse I have is that the men who matter dont have the stature except for Patil and Binny. The others have been utter international failures and GOD knows what grouse these wise men will carry against the players.

  • vxttemp on September 28, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    @Snehaa: So we should all stop watching cricket and go watch Texas college football. Maybe that's why other sports don't get much success in India as they are way below BCCI revenues.

  • bipulkumar on September 28, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Srikanth has completely spoiled India's bowling department. His lack of understanding of bowlers showed so very well that Indian bowling unit is now in complete mess. I have no idea why some bowlers like RP Singh, PK, Munaf, Irfan, Balaji were dropped when they were doing well. Similarly, I have no clue why bowlers like Bhajji and Ishant kept getting selected even when they were wicketless for an extended period. He kept flip flopping with certain bowlers like Amit Mishra, Chawla, Ojha etc and never gave them confidence. He introduced few bowlers like Mithun, Arvind, Tyagi etc and kicked them out without even giving them a chance to settle down. No wonder we have best batting unit but equally worse bowling unit.

  • on September 28, 2012, 3:57 GMT

    Its okay that Mohinder Amarnath was dropped from the selection committee- albeit for the wrong reasons! I mean how can you back Sehwag for captaincy? Granted, Dhoni has not done well in tests after the 2011 World Cup, but Sehwag? If there is one player who does not deserve to be in any Indian team right now it has to be Sehwag! In the last 2 years, he has done squat! And he is not even good captaincy material! He cannot lead by example when it comes to fitness. Of late he has clearly given the impression that he is not willing to fight it out even in familiar conditions leave alone alien conditions like England, Australia. Mohinder deserved to be dumped! Good riddance! For once, I am with Srinivasan, although his reasons could be different.

  • Romenevans on September 28, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    Why do they always select those who never got selected to play...to select the players for india? ROFLMAO! Vikram Rathore, Saba Karim?

  • Snehaa on September 28, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    BCCI revenues does not even compare with even the college football programs in USA. The Texas college football program grossed 200 million dollars in revenue in 2011.

  • on September 28, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    I would have preferred Mohinder Amaranth,instead of Sandeep Patil.

  • spurs3152 on September 28, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Congratulations to Sundip Patil, wish you all best. Did great job for Kenya, can also great for India.

  • xylo on September 27, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    @symsun Ganguly in any administrative committee would be similar to Mamata Bannerjee in the UPA. Ganguly does not belong to the current culture where hard work and fitness is the norm. He is of the yester-year era that includes Sehwag as well that rely solely on talent. I am positive that you are referring to Srinath, and not Srikanth.

  • on September 27, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    V Rathour..hell man last time i saw this guy playing i switched off tv..the slowest ever batsman of that time who could not hit a single century in ODI or test and he will select players for INDIA..hi hi hi

  • on September 27, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    Thank god,Kris Srikanth is gone.Now players other than Chennai Super Kings will have a chance to play for India.

  • bhargav65 on September 27, 2012, 18:00 GMT

    Laxman, Dravid, Kumble, Ganguly should be selector they just retired but knows in and out of current test team , we need better test team then other formats of cricket matches

  • on September 27, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    I am agree with symsun.....

  • on September 27, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    All say srikanth is selector of wc2012 but frankly speaking max 3 places were not fixed in wc2012 squad he made a real mess with them(shree,chawla,yusaf).i personally think SELECTORS FOR CB2008 SERIES ARE REASON FOR WC 2012 VICTORY BECAUSE THEY TOOK BOLD DECISIONS.team has lost 8 test match but still same team has been selected for nz test series.

  • Game_Gazer on September 27, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    "We wanted a person of sufficient stature, a tall man. I think he fits that need." - Clone-like Reasoning... "This is BCCI's decision, and that is not a subject of public discussion' - Arrogance !

  • on September 27, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    Mohinder! A hinder to mar your career!

  • on September 27, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @symsun, i like ur selection panel..

  • on September 27, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Bring Ganguly, Dravid and Kumble in the selection committee...

  • on September 27, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Sandip Patil in his playing / younger days had consistently shown some backbone. Does he still have it? Does he have the courage to (1) disagree with the Chairman of BCCI? (2) give a gentle nudge to the "Tendulakrs" of batting, bowling, wicket keeping, and/or Test Captaincy? If he shows solid INDEPENDENT judgement, would he last four years, or would he also go the Amarnath way? Conjectures! But not out of place. To paraphrase a significant man in Indian cricket,not picked up from the foot path during the morning walk!

  • on September 27, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I think kumble is the best candidate for chief selector position as he has the courage & guts to make difficult decisions. There should be some one who can ask sehwag to play sensibly with more responsibility and dont throw away his wicket(like sehwag does consistently no matter what is the state of match) otherwise he would be dropped. He should remind the team players that team interest should be put ahead of personal performances. One more thing, selector should have the capability to low down the stubborness of sehwag, gambhir and dhoni

  • on September 27, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    "This is BCCI's decision, and that is not a subject of public discussion."...How does it sound? Like, coming from the owner of a private company? Or, the custodian of a game, which is INDIRECTLY being financed by the public? Where does all the money come from.? Ticket sales, though a very very small amount is a direct case. Most of the money come from Ad revenue. As an ex-Director of a dozen companies , i can safely assert that every paisa of the Ad & Promo spent is ultimately passed on to the consumer, that is you and me.

  • Dev9212 on September 27, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    no matter what people say Srikkant did a splendid job. He selected a team that won the 2011 world cup was at top of the test ranking for a good period of time. He dropped major players like Yuvraj and Harbhajan when they were not performing which takes guts. Yes he has been selfish at times by selecting his son n all but overall no one can deny the fact he is the most successful Indian selector despite the 8 losses abroad.

  • symsun on September 27, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    I would wish Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble, Srikanth & Prasad to take over selection panel and BCCI administration. They would know better trends which suits the current culture than the past warriors. Waiting eagerly for the day to come!

  • joseyesu on September 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    SRIKANTH, a selector of WC2012 winning team...Hats off, not many wrong descisions.During his tenure the batting was almost stable whereas the bowling has rotated to more than 10 bowlers.

  • 777aditya on September 27, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Wow! This sounds interesting! As far as I know, Sandeep Patil is a no nonsense guy and will work without fear. Much as his fearless hitting in batting, this guy is sure to ruffle a few feathers. Amarnath was a sane choice, but Patil is an inspiring one! Saba Karim also appears to know his cricket. Roger Binny would do well by not putting forth his Stuart's (his son) case like Sri Sri Sri Srikkanth would do so often!

  • mathewjohn2176 on September 27, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    Posted by CricketMaan on (September 27 2012, 10:31 AM GMT ,well said.Its the same old story and the circus continues.

  • NewYorkCricket on September 27, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Get ready for fireworks. Patil will take on the administration!!

  • krishindian on September 27, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    hahaha big joke dropping amarnath means making huge mistake he knows cricket better than any one

  • rairatank on September 27, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Sounds good on paper, lets see if they also follow the path of K Srikanth or work differently....

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    i am glad sandeep patil is there, he has got an eye for the talent, and is a fanatastic person. But will he be able to be himself under BCCI?

  • Nirav1717 on September 27, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Thank god, finally BCCI has replaced srikkant from selection panel.

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    good now take out tendulkar

  • tojukmeloo on September 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    A very thought out and good team.Every individual comes with good reputation balanced head.Hopeful they will do good job and not get stuck in regionalism.

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    "We wanted a person of sufficient stature, a tall man. I think he fits that need.", At 6'5' kurivilla is the tallest man they cud have got!

  • vish57 on September 27, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    All and sundries from Mumbai will find a place in Indian XI. Rohit Sharma, Ajika Rahane are assured of Test debut in the ensuing series, Tendulkar can extend his longevity of playing days, may be D Kulkarni can get a nod in ODI team. Long live regional patriotism; sarcasm apart, Sandeep Patil is a good choice considering his experience as a coach for Indain A team, Kenya should add value to meritorious selection. Roger Binny again a compatriot of Sandeep patil however Saba Karim and Vikram Rathore & Hans cannot influence much in team selections. Let the selection be transparent to all, afterall when Indian parliament sessions are being relayed live, team selection discussions also can be relayed, some more money BCCI can get by selling the rights.

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    At Last Srikkanth has finished his team....Best of luck for new Panel

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    He had probably wanted to drop Tendulkar.

  • satish619chandar on September 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Instead of criticising the ousting of Amarnath, let us welcome the arrival of Sandeep Patil. That man was a potential finder when he did a great job as coach of U-19 teams and Kenyan international. He is no mug when it comes to make decisions. Plus, there are some long servers of domestic cricket like Rathore, Saba. Coupled with Roger Binny. There are enough names. Fairly, Amarnath never had any impact in the last one year he was in charge. Disagreements with the captain and the board never helps. Amarnath as always had reservations with the men who matters and i think both the parties can't coexist together. Let the sacrificer be the individual and not the entire team.

  • CricketMaan on September 27, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I can see Rahane opening for India against England and Rohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni in the 15 for England series, will soon be followed by Harmeet singh. All Srikanth bashers will now start bashing Patil for Mumbai lobby..the circus continues..

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  • CricketMaan on September 27, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    I can see Rahane opening for India against England and Rohit Sharma and Dhawal Kulkarni in the 15 for England series, will soon be followed by Harmeet singh. All Srikanth bashers will now start bashing Patil for Mumbai lobby..the circus continues..

  • satish619chandar on September 27, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    Instead of criticising the ousting of Amarnath, let us welcome the arrival of Sandeep Patil. That man was a potential finder when he did a great job as coach of U-19 teams and Kenyan international. He is no mug when it comes to make decisions. Plus, there are some long servers of domestic cricket like Rathore, Saba. Coupled with Roger Binny. There are enough names. Fairly, Amarnath never had any impact in the last one year he was in charge. Disagreements with the captain and the board never helps. Amarnath as always had reservations with the men who matters and i think both the parties can't coexist together. Let the sacrificer be the individual and not the entire team.

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    He had probably wanted to drop Tendulkar.

  • on September 27, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    At Last Srikkanth has finished his team....Best of luck for new Panel

  • vish57 on September 27, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    All and sundries from Mumbai will find a place in Indian XI. Rohit Sharma, Ajika Rahane are assured of Test debut in the ensuing series, Tendulkar can extend his longevity of playing days, may be D Kulkarni can get a nod in ODI team. Long live regional patriotism; sarcasm apart, Sandeep Patil is a good choice considering his experience as a coach for Indain A team, Kenya should add value to meritorious selection. Roger Binny again a compatriot of Sandeep patil however Saba Karim and Vikram Rathore & Hans cannot influence much in team selections. Let the selection be transparent to all, afterall when Indian parliament sessions are being relayed live, team selection discussions also can be relayed, some more money BCCI can get by selling the rights.

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    "We wanted a person of sufficient stature, a tall man. I think he fits that need.", At 6'5' kurivilla is the tallest man they cud have got!

  • tojukmeloo on September 27, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    A very thought out and good team.Every individual comes with good reputation balanced head.Hopeful they will do good job and not get stuck in regionalism.

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    good now take out tendulkar

  • Nirav1717 on September 27, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Thank god, finally BCCI has replaced srikkant from selection panel.

  • on September 27, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    i am glad sandeep patil is there, he has got an eye for the talent, and is a fanatastic person. But will he be able to be himself under BCCI?