Chennai: The five-member selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday decided to "rest" former captain Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Nikhil Chopra in the wake of match-fixing controversy, while naming some fresh faces among the 23 probables for the second International Cricket Council's (ICC) Knock Out tournament to be held at Nairobi, Kenya from October 3 to 15.
After three hours of confabulations at a five star hotel here the selectors - chairman Chandu Borde, Anil Deshpande, Madan Lal, T A Sekhar and Ashok Malhotra - picked promising batsmen Yuvaraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif, wicket-keepers Ajay Ratra, Reuben Paul and Vijay Dahiya as well as left-arm medium pacer Zaheer Khan.Briefing reporters after the meeting, BCCI secretary J Y Lele and Mr Chandu Borde said the probables would be put through a conditioning camp, most likely at Chennai, from September 13 to 23.
The final squad for Nairobi would be announced on September 19 or 20, they said and added the coach would also be named by then. "The appointment of the coach is left to the Board President. Only he is empowered to take a decision," they added. Mr Borde said Azharuddin, Jadeja and Nikhil Chopra were 'rested' in view of the present controversy of match fixing. "They have not been dropped but rested because, even if picked, they would be under tremendous pressure.
They cannot also concentrate," said Borde."We want the team to be free from any tensions," he emphasised.He said it was not that they will not be considered again in future. "They will be considered but we thought it's better to give an opportunity to youngsters keeping in view the 2003 World Cup."Asked if these probables would be the nucleus for the future, Mr Borde answered in the affirmative.
Before deciding on the probables we had two things in mind, the future and the current scenario, he said, without using the word match -fixing. Asked why medium pacer Javagal Srinath was not included, Mr Borde said the bowler had expressed the wish that he wanted to play more in Test cricket. "He rang me up and told the other selector T A Sekhar also."Asked whether the recall of Vinod Kambli was not a retrograde step while thinking of the future, Mr Borde said Kambli was a good One-day player.
He had performed well last season and had shown lot of consistency.He said players like batsman Virender Sehwag, medium pacer Santosh Saxena and left arm spinner Murali Karthik were also discussed at the meeting. "But we can't pick everybody," he added.UNI