The selection committee is not experienced enough to counter the word of team management, says Syed Kirmani

kirmani gave his opinion on Karun Nair and Murali Vijay's controversial remarks on the selection committee.

Kirmani thinks there is an extra influence of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri in selection matters | Getty

Former wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani has claimed that the MSK Prasad led All-India senior selection committee is not powerful enough and bereft of substantial amount of experience, to be able to counter the words and wishes of Indian Captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. 

Kirmani gave his opinion on the matter, where Karun Nair and Murali Vijay made controversial remarks on both the selectors as well as the team management and said that they haven't been provided enough clarity from either side, regarding their continuous non-selection and sacking respectively. 

“If you ask me Ravi Shastri is the main selector, being the coach. He along with captain and senior members will discuss and put it (what they want) across to the selection committee," Kirmani was quoted saying to PTI, “The current selection committee, with due respect, is inexperienced to these guys (Shastri and Kohli). And they better listen to what the team management wants because they cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli, who have much more experience,” 

While the current five-member panel is definitely short of international experience, with MSK Prasad playing 6 Tests and 17 ODIs, Sarandeep Singh (2 Tests, 5 ODIs), Dewang Gandhi (4 Tests, 3 ODIs), Jatin Paranjpe (4 ODIs) and Gagan Khoda (2 ODIs), the ability to identify talent and managing it, is one of the other keys to excellence over this job. 

Any remark on the former is basically unnecessary and speculative, which Kirmani, head of the selection panel in early 2000s, should better know, the latter is what is pertinent and there, you are looking at some of the best from the Indian domestic structure. 

Kirmani was part of India's 1983 World Cup win and played 88 Tests for the country. 

(Inputs from Indian Express)


By Kashish Chadha - 09 Oct, 2018

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