Following the World Cup exit, there has been a lot of talks about the incumbent selection panel headed by MSK Prasad. His decisions have time and again come under the scanner, the recent being the India legend Sunil Gavaskar, who said there should have been a formal meeting before reappointing Virat Kohli as the skipper. Prasad has finally responded to the comments saying that he doesn’t believe in ‘you played more so you know more’ argument.
It was unfortunate to hear those comments: Prasad
Sunil Gavaskar recently unleashed a full-blown attack on the selection panel. The batting legend called them ‘lame ducks’ who were potentially bullied by the team management. MSK Prasad, Sarandeep Singh, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda have a combined experience of just 13 Tests matches, which Gavaskar argued wasn’t enough to stand up to the superstars of the current Indian side.
Soon after, Sanjay Manjrekar disagreed to the comments saying that more than stature, it is the integrity which matters the most. And now, the chief selector MSK Prasad himself has spoken up, pointing to similar ‘inexperienced’ selectors in other countries who have done exceptionally well with their job.
“If one is talking about stature and international experience, Ed Smith, who is the current chairman for England and Wales Cricket Board has played only one Test. Trevor Hohns, who is the chairman of Cricket Australia’s selection committee for over a decade and a half with a couple of years break in between, has played only seven Tests. And Oh yes, Mark Waugh, who played 128 Test matches and 244 ODIs, worked under Trevor,” Prasad said to PTI.
Furthermore, MSK Prasad also pointed out the example for former India head coach Greg Chappell. The legendary Aussie cricket who has an experience of 87 Test matches to his name now works under Trevor Hohns. Prasad also pointed out the example of Raj Singh Durgapur picking Sachin Tendulkar in 1989. Moreover, the former India cricketer turned selector said that the lame-duck comments didn’t make him angry; however, stated that it was unfortunate.
“It is very unfortunate. We have utmost respect for the legendary cricketers,” he said. “Every opinion expressed by them is taken in right earnest. They have their viewpoints which is well-received. In fact, more than getting hurt by this kind of comments, it only makes this selection committee stronger, committed and united,” Prasad concluded.