'Form, not age criteria for choosing players'

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Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 11:16 [IST]
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Age, no criteria for sacking: Vengsarkar

Mumbai, Jan 18: After a dismal show Down Under, seniors are feeling the heat as calls for sacking them are making rounds, but former chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar says, the decision should not be based on age alone, during his visit to one of the events at Mumbai on Tuesday.

"It depends n the form and fitness of players. I won't generalise the seniors. In cricket age is no criteria but those who are not doing well (must go)," he said on the sidelines of an event

Vengsarkar says, he is not surprised with India's humiliating 0-3 loss. "No, I was not surprised by what happened in Australia. The way they are playing, their bowling, batting, everything in those conditions was not upto the mark."

Former middle-order batsman, who represented India in 116 Tests, blamed the selection committee for not creating good bench strength.

Moreover, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane's wait doesn't seem to end, as they haven't played a match since a month. The 55 year old cricketer feels one should not expect them to play very well in their first Test (if they are played) after having warmed the benches for more than a month.

India is on the verge of another whitewash similar to 0-4 against England, having lost three of the four match Test series in Australia.

Vengsarkar's stand adds to mixed opinions from former cricketers as many of them including little master Sunil Gavaskar, have said it is time for the Big 3 to hang their boots so that the younger generation be groomed.


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