India news September 27, 2012

Amarnath dropped from selection committee, Patil new head

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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

  • Rangarajan 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)

  • Dummy4 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.

  • VINODK 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

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    It is Dhoni and Srini. Rest is immaterial.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • V.L 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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....

  • Dummy4 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.

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