Allan Donald, a member of the five-man selection panel of the ICC World XIs, has expressed displeasure over the teams announced at the ICC awards in Mumbai last week. Despite there being four South Africans in top ten of the ICC Test and ODI rankings, only Makhaya Ntini features in the Test team with none in the ODI team.
South Africa are No. 2 team on the one-day rankings, with Shaun Pollock No. 1 on the bowlers' list. Graeme Smith and Makhaya Ntini are No. 9 on the batsmen and bowler rankings respectively. Although they are sixth on the Test rankings, Jacques Kallis is the No. 5 batsman and Ntini the No.2 bowler.
Although Donald could reconcile with Kallis's absence - Kallis has had a layoff because of his shoulder problem - he thought Pollock's absence was "ludicrous". "It's amazing that Shaun (Pollock), the world's number one, isn't there, " Donald was quoted as saying in Supercricket.
Sunil Gavaskar, Waqar Younis, Arjuna Ranatunga, and Ian Healy, were the other members on the panel. "I told the other selectors: 'but he's world number one, way out on top, he's just strolled past Glenn McGrath'. But Shane Bond, who has had all sorts of injuries, was the first guy that Sunil Gavaskar brought up and Ian Healy was going on about how Shaun didn't do enough in the last year in terms of taking wickets. So I argued there was nothing wrong with his average," Donald said.
Donald felt things would've been much better had the selections been done face-to-face instead of over a phone conference.