Wright prefers a three-member paid selection panel

Published: Monday, April 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Outgoing coach John Wright has criticised the Indian system of appointing selectors calling it "outdated".

"The way selectors are appointed is a bit outdated. I have worked with 15 selectors and four different convenors in the time that I have been here," said the former New Zealand opener and captain while speaking to Agencies.

While admitting that during his tenure with Sourav Ganguly, Indian team selections were more consistent than before, the Christchurch based Wright believed that rules needed to be put in place to ensure even further consistency in the process.

To make the selection process more professional, Wright wants the five-member selection panel, presently constituted on a zonal basis, to be replaced by a three-member paid panel.

"I am not saying that's the best system. I have nothing against the selectors; I've enjoyed working with them. They do a tough and thankless task, but I see the pressures they are under," said Wright.

Wright was also pretty sure that reducing the five-man panel to three would not come in the way of good players showcasing their talent.

"You just have to get the numbers so that you can cover the areas - it's important. They would be busy as professionals," said the former left-handed Kiwi opener.

Under Wright, India played 51 Tests, won 20, lost 15 and drew 16. Of the 130 One-day Internationals played under him, India won 68, lost 56 and six ended without result.

Amongst the high points of his stint were India's entry into the 2003 World Cup final where they lost Australia, the 2002 NatWest Trophy title and the shared Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka the same year.

In Tests, the highlight was the 2-1 upset win over world champions Australia at home in 2001 and a drawn series in Australia in 2003-2004.

Wright's farewell was, however, spoiled by the 1-1 draw in the three-Test series against Pakistan and 2-4 defeat in the One-dayers earlier this month.

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