24 November, 2020

Azhar Isn't Y2K Compliant

Jadeja is a tempting choice, but it's Sachin who must play helmsman in India's millennium team

Azhar Isn't Y2K Compliant
The meandering Azza saga that has, over the past year or so, plummeted from the sublime to the ridiculous, is perhaps finally into its last, tragic act. When the five-man selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (bcci) meets sometime during July-August to reconstruct the squad for a packed schedule of Test matches and one-day ties leading up to the new millennium, Mohammed Azharuddin-probably India's luckiest captain ever-could find himself out in the cold. This time for good. That, on the evidence of the recent past, could do no harm to the health of Indian cricket.

In fact, it could just be the injection of oxygen that the game desperately needs in India. So, after the drubbing the team got from Pakistan early this year, the failed World Cup campaign and the clear decline in Azhar's form with the bat, the ranks of the 'sack Azza' brigade swelled quickly.

No matter what bcci boss Raj Singh Dungarpur says, former bcci chief P.M. Rungta, ex-Test cricketers G.S. Ramchand, Pankaj Roy and Eknath Solkar and cricket writer K.N. Prabhu, among others, have...



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