Sanjay Manjrekar wants India’s new chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil to sit down with veterans Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan and talk about their future.
“I think Patil has to talk to senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, find out what their long-term plans are, and decide whether they will serve Indian cricket better if relieved of having to play any one format of the game,” Manjrekar wrote in ESPN Cricinfo.
Tendulkar is in his 23rd season as an international cricketer while Zaheer has been playing for India since 2000. The pacer is part of India’s World Twenty20 team in Sri Lanka. “During the retirements of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, it was evident there wasn’t great communication between the selectors and the players. I’d like to see that improve. Once you are a selector it should not matter how much cricket you have played. You should have the confidence to sit the legends down, understand what they want, see if their plans coincide with those of Indian cricket, and act accordingly when picking teams,” wrote Manjrekar, who made his Ranji Trophy debut for Mumbai (vs Haryana at Faridabad in 1984-85) under Patil’s captaincy. Manjrekar was also part of the Indian team coached by Patil when they toured England in 1996. “I have always felt, while playing with him or watching him (Patil) operate as a retired cricketer, that he is cut out to be a junior team’s coach. He’s an excellent motivator for players aged around 17 or 18,” said Manjrekar.