Men in chief selectors' shoes: It's Richards vs Patel

Published: Wednesday, October 9, 2002, 23:00 [IST]
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While Sir Vivian Richards is a quintessential Caribbean cricketer, Brijesh Patel is a cricketer turned shrewd administrator. Backed by his experience as a world class batsman, Richards now hopes to mould a world-beating combo from the present bunch of "young and talented" cricketers. Brijesh, meanwhile, has had a hands on experience in administration as the secretary of the Karnataka Cricket Association and director of the Bangalore-based National Cricket Academy. Thatscricket.com posed the same questions to both the former super stars of world cricket and given below is their responses:
Vivian Richards

Do you think the presence of a big Test star like you as chairman of selectors would add pressure on youngsters?

No, not at all, I'm hoping that it's some encouragement. It's nice to be involved. As you can see the coaches and the managers everyone has got their part to play. I'm just here to lend the hand, support as well which I think is of great importance. These are the lines and steps that we are looking to take in the future.

Do you foresee a specific role as chief selector?

I think, we are all here as a collective unit. And, we pass on a lot of things to one other. And this what it's about, us bouncing off one another and I would like to believe that in future, we may not get the result we need here, but I would like to think we are in the right track to getting the results in future.

What was the motivation for becoming a chief selector?

Well, there are a lot of things I could be doing. But, I think to be here with the team that I believe you can help with whatever experience factor and the things that you have been through in India that one is always willing, able and available. Any individual who would like to come and have a chat and to know about the conditions...if I was a youngster, and I was put in their position, these are the things I would be looking to try to achieve. These are the thoughts that are most important, as I said the collective way in which we go about doing things. Not just now, but may be to last in the future.

Career record: Played 121 Test matches, scored 8,540 runs with 291 being the highest. Also figured in 187 One-dayers, scored 6,721 runs with 189 not out being the highest. In first class career spanning 13 years, scored 36212 runs including 114 centuries and 162 half centuries.

Brijesh Patel

Do you think the presence of a Test star like you as chairman of selectors would add pressure on youngsters?

No, I don't think so. The youngsters, in fact, are now putting pressure on the senior players and I see that as a good sign. The overall batting, bowling and fielding of the team has improved a lot and the youngsters have succeeded in keeping even the senior players on their toes. Zaheer Khan and Virender Sehwag bowled wonderfully well in Sri Lanka.

Do you foresee a specific role as chief selector?

The game is more or less settled. May be a couple of spots are open depending on the fitness of players. With India scheduled to play five Tests and 14 One-day Internationals against West Indies and New Zealand in the lead up to the World Cup, we will have to rotate the players and give them sufficient rest.

What was the motivation for becoming a chief selector?

I basically became a selector because of the two-year rotation policy that we follow in the South between Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad. It also helped that I have been involved as the director of the National Cricket Academy (NCA). I have watched a lot of youngster in under-17 and under-19 age categories as well as the fringe players and that should be a great asset in my new role.

Career record: Played 21 Tests, scored 972 runs with 115 not out being the highest. Also figured in 10 One-day Internationals, scored 243 runs with 82 as highest. Scored close to 12,000 runs at the first class level spread over 18 years with 37 centuries and 55 half centuries.

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