16 June, 2021

Too Wise Men

Despite dubious reputations, selectors Shivlal Yadav and Sambaran Banerjee survive, courtesy Dalmiya's patronage

Too Wise Men

THESE are possibly the two most discredited selectors in the history of Indian cricket. Every cricketer, every cricket administrator, every cricket reporter—past and present—will vouchsafe how they have thrown every known canon associated with their job to the winds in the space of just one short, tumultuous year.

These are the selectors, alone or together, who want Sachin Tendulkar replaced as skipper; whose general misconduct is the buzz across the maidans. These are the selectors who, to a set-up visited by allegations of matchfixing, have contributed significant others: bribe-taking, politicking and dubious media-savvy.

These are also possibly the two most defenceless selectors in the history of Indian cricket. Nobody, not ICC chief Jagmohan Dalmiya, not BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur, not secretary J.Y. Lele, not even the chairman of the selectors Ramakant Desai, nobody has ever stood up and defended them.

These are the selectors nobody expected would survive the Board's Chennai AGM. Not after the...

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