No selectorial transparency!
Sanjay Jagdale, the current Honorary Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is a well-read man with commendable virtues. But his contribution to the game won’t be complete if he doesn’t do his bit to provide cricket lovers basic reasons for significant omissions and inclusions after overseeing selection committee meetings.
Would you, dear reader, not want to know about why Cheteshwar Pujara, who not long ago, was included in the one-day squad, doesn’t get picked for the Champions Trophy? Or the logic behind picking Tamil Nadu’s M Vijay, who is better known for his Test exploits? Why should you hear news emerging from the grapevine when there is a better way of knowing — through the chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil in a brief statement — issued to the media? It would be unfair to expect explanations for all decisions, but some elaboration on key decisions wouldn’t hurt anyone.
Offering no explanation whatsoever only provides more ammunition to BCCI-bashers.
Jagdale’s role cannot be underestimated because BCCI secretaries over the years have been more involved in the inner ring of cricket administration than even Board presidents.
BCCI’s mere team announcements only lead to the cricketing fraternity jumping to conclusions over omissions. It could even lead to bad blood if former cricketers who have played with Sandeep Patil come out in the open and slam his committee when they do not really know the true reasons. The BCCI quite clearly don’t want to be answerable and cricket lovers continue to be short-changed in this country.
In terms of selectorial accountability, Indian cricket has never been so poor.