Wadekar says BCCI president interferes in selection

Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Blaming the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for its lack of "transparency", former cricketer Ajit Wadekar has said that there should be little or no interference on the selection panel.

Former chairman of national selection committee Syed Kirmani too echoed the same sentiments.

Wadekar, also a former Indian captain, said the selection committee was never given a free hand to pick deserving players to do national duty.

"The selectors should be given a free hand in the process of selection. They should also be paid for the job they are doing. I am sure these measures will help a lot," Wadekar said.

Pointing out that there was interference from the Board president in selection of teams in the past, Wadekar said "the president should ratify the selected team straightaway. It is a must. There has to be transparency in everything that the Board does."

"I strongly feel that naming of the captain should be left to the selection committee and there should not be any interference from any quarter including the Board or its president, excepting in cases of discipline," said Wadekar, who led the country in 16 out of 37 Tests he played during an eight-year career.

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