Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir and ex-chairman of selectors MSK Prasad were involved in a battle of words on the selection process of team India. Gambhir who is always vocal about his views and pointed questions on Prasad’s selection process during his tenure.
Gambhir also raised a big point when Ambati Rayudu not selected for the 2019 World Cup squad. MSK defended his point and the debate went on with the former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth also getting involved in the middle.
Recently, BCCI selectors have been under the scanner with players like Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan and Suresh Raina have raised doubts on their selection process.
Futher Gambhir said that the time has come to give Captain and coach to be given the responsibility of the selection process as well.
“The time has come when captain needs to be selectors as well. The captain and coach should be selectors. The selectors should have no say in the playing XI. The playing XI has to be captain’s responsibility. But at the same time the captain and the coach should be given the voting power because they cannot shrug off the responsibility of the selected team” Gambhir said in Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
MSK Prasad forwarded his point by saying that the captain has always been consulted when the team is selected but according to some Indian cricket rules, he doesn’t have a vote.
“Captain has always had a say in the selection process. There is no two ways about it. He does not have a vote, according to our bylaws,” said MSK Prasad.
Gambhir slammed the MSK Prasad for not selecting Rayudu in 2019 World Cup team and MSK selected Vijay Shankar in place of Rayudu, MSK said the reason behind of selecting Shankar is because he is a 3-D player and also contribute with bowling as England’s pitch his bowler-friendly at the time of World Cup.
“Like it was with Vijay Shankar or whoever got picked in the World Cup. Some of the decisions were absolutely shocking. Probably not picking Ambati Rayudu in the World Cup. They couldn’t find the no. 4. One position they had to identify and they could not do that. Look at what happened to Ambati Rayudu – you picked him for two years. Two years, he batted at no. 4. And just before the World Cup, you needed a 3-D? Is that the kind of statement you want to see from a chairman selector that we need a 3-D cricketer?” Gambhir added.
MSK Prasad replied: “Let me clarify, at the top, everyone was a batsman – Shikhar, Rohit, Virat. There was nobody who could bowl. And someone like Vijay Shankar, who bats at the top order, could be helpful with the ball in the English conditions.”
“Not supporting Gautam or belittling you MSK but there is a huge difference between international cricket and domestic cricket,” said Srikanth, who himself was the chairman of selectors till 2013.
Gambhir also said that the chairman of cricket selectors should be an experienced cricketer.
“Your chairman of selectors needs to be an experienced cricketer, who has played enough international cricket, who has seen the ups and downs of international cricket. The more you play, the better you understand players. Chika has played a lot of international cricket, he has captained India, he knows what a player goes through. When I got selected there was someone else as the chairman, when I got dropped there was someone else as the chairman. Then you came in, I could fight with you, I could walk up to you and discuss things, so that is the relationship you want between players and selectors,” Gambhir added.