Ex-selector Kirti Azad parrots Wright line

Published: Monday, April 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former national selector Kirti Azad on Monday came out in support of former Indian coach John Wright saying it was high time that the selection process was made more professional and the selectors accountable.

"I totally agree that the selection process should be made more professional and even the selectors be made more accountable," Azad told reporters.

Wright, who coached India for over four years, was very critical of the selection process saying paid professionals should be appointed as selectors and they should be given a fixed tenure to ensure continuity and consistency.

"I would love to see that area professionalised where, maybe, three professionals (are) appointed who are paid for their work," Wright said.

Currently, five selectors representing five zones select the national team with each of them having a vote.

Azad also supported the view that the zonal system of appointing selectors should be done away with and only a three-member panel should be formed.

"You can give them a fixed tenure and may be have a system of reviewing their performance every six months," he added.

Former Indian spinner Maninder Singh also came down heavily on the zonal system of appointing selectors and said having a paid panel was the only solution.

"I have heard a few selectors boasting of how many players from their zone have played for the country during their tenure. This is not the right way of selecting a team. We should have a paid selection committee and should be held responsible for the team's performance."

He also felt that the coach was an integral part of the team management and his role in team selection could not be underestimated.

The two former internationals were also cricitcal of the role of the Indian Cricket Players' Association and claimed that the body was "lying dormant."

"The Players Association has been formed twice in the country. Both the times once the problem is solved it stops functioning. If the Players' body has to function successfully it has to work on a regular basis," Azad said.

Maninder also felt that the ICPA was not doing much for the players and said it was essential that they also take up the cause of former cricketers.

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