As soon as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced that the teams for next month's ICC World Cup and the tri-series preceding it would be revealed at the conference room of the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium last afternoon, the curious media, who had been waiting patiently for this 'breaking news' for over three hours, rushed into the first floor room like eager fans rushing into a stadium.
BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel reads out the World Cup squad as chief selector Sandeep Patil looks on at BCCI headquarters. Pic/Suresh KK
The excitement was palpable as it was for the first time in recent months that the board had decided against announcing the team on its twitter handle. TV channels hurriedly set-up their cameras, while photographers took up prime position, waiting for the 'big announcement'.
The expectations of a detailed media interaction received a further boost when BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel was accompanied by chief selector Sandeep Patil to the conference.
It seemed to be the perfect platform to field questions to Patil as generally the selectors claim to be under contractual obligations with the BCCI and avoid speaking to the media.
Unfortunately though, it was not to be, as Patel simply announced the team for the World Cup and the tri-series, fielded three questions — on Ravindra Jadeja's fitness, Ishant Sharma's injury, Yuvraj Singh's exclusion, and thereafter ended the conference.
The media was left high and dry with absolutely no official word on the all-important selection coming from chairman of selectors Patil. Eventually, it turned out to be a step forward and two steps back by the almighty BCCI.