These lines appeared in these columns earlier this year in a father-son feature. Yesterday, Binny faced up to reality in his role as national selector and was part of the selection committee which picked his son Stuart for India A’s tour of South Africa.
Sources told MiD DAY that Binny Sr was “very awkward.” However, the 1983 World Cupper’s son has some performances to back his selection and enjoyed a good season with Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.
It is unlikely that 29-year-old Stuart’s selection will cause an uproar like Srikkanth Anirudha’s did when he was picked by his father K Srikkanth for a junior tournament in Australia in 2011.
Never before in the history of Indian cricket has an India ‘A’ or India player been picked by a selection committee which has included his father.
Ace statistician Sudhir Vaidya informs that the case of Pranab Roy is the closest to reality. “Pranab was picked for India in the 1981-82 season and played two Tests versus the visiting England team. However, his father Pankaj became a national selector the very next season.”