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Agarkar leaves team after being dropped

Nagraj Gollapudi

November 29, 2011

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Ajit Agarkar bends his back, Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, 1st day, Nagpur, October 1, 2009
Ajit Agarkar was not happy about being left out of Mumbai's XI against Orissa © ESPNcricinfo Ltd
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Ajit Agarkar, the Mumbai fast bowler, has left the team in Cuttack because he was disappointed after being dropped from the XI for the Ranji Trophy match against Orissa. Agarkar was part of Mumbai's 15-man squad, and had played their previous game against Karnataka, but he was told by the captain Wasim Jaffer, coach Sulakshan Kulkarni and selector Ravi Thakkar after a team meeting on Monday that they had decided to pick Aavishkar Salvi ahead of him.

"They did not tell me before going that I am not going to be the part of the XI. I do not expect to not play Ranji Trophy for Mumbai," Agarkar told ESPNcricinfo. Agarkar had missed Mumbai's first two games of the season with a thigh injury and was wicketless in the third-round match against Karnataka at the Brabourne Stadium.

With Zaheer Khan playing against Orissa to prove his fitness for India's tour of Australia, the Mumbai selectors had a choice to make between Agarkar and Salvi.

"My only issue is, if they had decided beforehand in Mumbai, they could have easily told me and I might not have gone to Cuttack," Agarkar said. "For someone who has been around for this long, just telling him the night before the match that he is not in the playing XI is not what you accept."

Once he had decided to return to Mumbai, Agarkar followed protocol and called Nitin Dalal, the Mumbai Cricket Association secretary, requesting permission to return home. "I asked him and the team management to allow me to go. I was feeling very dejected and me sitting there in the dressing room sulking with the young guys around would only add unnecessary pressure."

Agarkar said he was hurt because the selection committee, along with Jaffer and Kulkarni, had known him for a long time and he felt he deserved a call in private. "The captain knows me for the last 20 years, since my school days. The selection committee chairman [Milind Rege] actually got me [a job with] Tatas. Abey Kuruvilla, another selector, has played cricket with me and Sulakshan Kulkarni has played Ranji Trophy with me. Anyone of these people could have told me before the squad left for Cuttack."

Agarkar was not worried about the potential repercussions of his decision. "I am hurt because after one match you are telling me that I have become that bad for Mumbai's Ranji Trophy team then obviously there is something more to it than just cricket."

Salvi had missed Mumbai's previous two matches - against Rajasthan, because he was not well, and against Karnataka, because Mumbai chose to play three spinners - with Agarkar getting selected ahead of him.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Tendulkars_Tennis_Elbow on (December 2, 2011, 13:04 GMT)

@Siddarth Iyer - I could name enough matches lost thanks to Agarkar both before and after 2003. You cannot name anything other than 2003 Adelaide :) His talent for screwing up matches is limitless. The Bombay team must be thankful that he walked out.

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 10:56 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!

couldnt agree more with you Saransh!

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 8:25 GMT)

i think you guys dont knew about agarkar.. a man with more than 300 international wickets in his carrier will expect some respect..

Posted by Yolk_Eater on (December 1, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

@tendulkar_tennis_elbow- and don't you prefer to lve in 1999?

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

@tendulkar_tennis_elbow- am still 4 years ahead :)

Posted by satish619chandar on (December 1, 2011, 4:53 GMT)

Over reaction by Agarkar for a simple drop for one match.. Needless reaction by Zaheer.. Does Agarkar demand the selector n coach to come to him weeks before match and say whether he is playing or not every time?

Posted by   on (December 1, 2011, 4:10 GMT)

hey,guys..most of u have foolishly misinterpreted the whole issue...what agarkar says is...being dropped is not the issue,but as a very senior ...he deserves a minimum amount of respect whereby he should be told he isnt playing soe time before the match n not at the stroke of the match...y is it bcoz...this is agarkar,,,u think in this manner...if it was Sachin,i bet u will have the absolutely opposite opinion

Posted by Kishor_shinde on (November 30, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

Well, Ajit is one of those few servants of our nation who failed to get respect they deserve. He is the player with most international comebacks guess 9 or 8 not sure. It proves he has/had potential but was always axed for some other reasons. And when they had no other option he was recalled. Though he is not legend but his records says it all. He is true servant for Mumbai from years too. And is absolutely right for what he has done.Sadly, it's true that our politics has no system but every system has politics.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2011, 17:47 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!!

Posted by blade_pakkiri on (November 30, 2011, 16:44 GMT)

This is a reply to Y2SJ. Why is it considered unprofessional? If you were laid off from your job, I would wager that you'd start hunting for the next job and not bother mentoring the one taking your job. What Agarkar did was no different.

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