The last few months have been pretty tough on the selectors. They continuously received flak after selecting the squads for the national and domestic tournaments. And also, they came under scrutiny when they continuously gave chances to the underperforming players and left out key players at the crucial junctures. Highlighting the same, the former cricketer Farokh Engineer thrashes the selection panel.
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Recently, we came across Sunil Gavaskar calling the current Indian selectors as lame ducks. He added that the panel is working as per the guidance of Virat Kohli. Meanwhile, the latest to join the bandwagon is Farokh Engineer, who quoted that MSK Prasad-led Panel is just looking like a Mickey Mouse Selection Committee.
Presently, MSK Prasad is the Chairman of India’s senior selection committee. A lot of questions have been raised about the panel’s efficiency with former greats showing their concerns. The selection procedure during the ICC World Cup 2019 also came under the scanner.
Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee – Farokh Engineer
Speaking of the same, Farokh Engineer explained an incident that happened during the ICC World Cup 2019. Farokh quoted that he had seen a person wearing Indian Blazer serving coffee to Anushka Sharma, which didn’t please him. Later, he went on to that the person, who is wearing the blazer is an Indian selector. Engineer suggested that someone of Dilip Vengsarkar stature should be in the selection panel.
”We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee. Virat Kohli has a major impact (in the process) which is very good. But how are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn’t even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him ‘who the hell he was’ because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors,” Farokh Engineer said as per Times of India.
”All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli’s wife) cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee,” he said.
Well, it would be interesting to see how things would turn out. Recently, the former Indian opening batsman Virender Sehwag backed the ex-coach of the Indian team Anil Kumble to be the National Selector of the India National Cricket Team. However, under current agreement, the MSK Prasad-led panel will look after things for 2 more years.