Thatscricket - News - Selectors not being just, laments Mankad

Published: Saturday, February 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai: Mumbai coach Ashok Mankad, riding on the success of his team against powerful Australians, on Saturday complained that the national selectors were doing injustice by ignoring the talents of his players. Mumbai has only Sachin Tendulkar and Ajit Agarkar in the Test squad at present.Mankad, after his team had nearly beaten Australia here at the Brabourne stadium here on Saturday, said Mumbai has pricked the great Aussie pride by taking a huge lead and then pushing them towards the brink of defeat. However stated, they were unfortunate not to complete the job mainly due to dropped catches. ''But the bigger disappointment was that none of the members of team which played the match were in the Test side,'' he regretted. In Mankad's opinion at least four players including wicket-keeper Samir Dighe, leg spinner Nilesh Kulkanri and googly bowler Sairaj Bahutule are capable of getting into the Test side on merits.He said it was Shane Warne's lethal bowling that delayed Mumbai's declaration.He was sorry for Test-discard Vinod Kambli who let slip an opportunity by failing in both the innings. UNI

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