Mohinder Amarnath finds himself in a familiar situation: Dropped.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided not to re-appoint him as a national selector at their Annual General Meeting in Mumbai yesterday.
The man who gave the media one of the best-known quotes in Indian cricket (calling the selectors “a bunch of jokers” in 1988) didn’t react too much to his latest ouster.
“All I can say is that I am not bothered. I was offered a four-year term (last year) – one year as (ordinary) selector and three as chairman. We will talk about it later,” Amarnath told MiD DAY last evening.
Until late evening, no one from the Board had called to inform him that he had been replaced by former India batsman Vikram Rathour while Sandeep Patil, his 1983 World Cup-winning teammate has been appointed chairman in his maiden stint as national selector.
Bishan Bedi livid
Bishan Singh Bedi, Amarnath’s Delhi and India captain, was livid over his ouster: “This is a stupid decision. This is nothing but a political game played by the politicians within the BCCI. I am put off by this zonal nonsense. We are not in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and the 1980s. We are in the 21st century. Why don’t we move with the times?”
Bedi, who was part of the selection panel that picked the 1983 World Cup squad, asked: “Why can’t we have three men of integrity and commitment? Are they so difficult to find?” The spin great however refused to react to talk that Amarnath got the axe because he wanted Mahendra Singh Dhoni sacked as Test captain after eight overseas Test losses. I won’t go into that, but this is sheer politicking,” he said.
Key BCCI panels...
Senior panel: Sandeep Patil (West-chairman), Vikram Rathour (North), Saba Karim (East), Roger Binny (South), Rajinder Singh Hans (Central).
Junior panel: Chandrakant Pandit (West-chairman), Aman Kumar (North), Jayaram (South), Arup Bhattacharya (East), Pritam Gandhe (Central).
Women’s panel: Gargi Banerjee (East- chairperson), Gulshan Sharma (North), Sudha Shah (South), Amrita Shinde (West), Rita Dey (Central).
Working Committee: N Srinivasan (president), Sanjay Jagdale (secretary), Anurag Thakur (joint secretary), Ajay Shirke (treasurer), Arun Jaitley (vice president, North), Shivlal Yadav (vice president, South), Chitrak Mitra (vice president, East), Niranjan Shah (vice president, West), Sudhir Dabir (vice president, Central), Delhi and District Cricket Association, Tamil Nadu CA, CA of of Bengal, Mumbai CA, UP CA (all permanent Test centres), Services Sports Promotion Board (North), Kerala CA (South), Assam CA (East), Maharashtra CA (West), MP CA (Central), Karnataka State CA, Punjab CA, Gujarat CA, Vidarbha CA, Hyderabad CA (centres who have staged Test matches).
Tour, programme & fixture: Arun Jaitley (chairman),
Md Aslam Goni (North), Vinod Phadke (South), Rajiv Singh (East), Parimal Nathwani (West), Shoaib Ahmed (Central)
IPL Governing Council: Rajiv Shukla (chairman), Arun Jaitley, Anirudh Chaudhry, Dr Ganga Raju, Sanjay Patel, Amitabh Choudhary, Ravi Shastri, M P Pandove