Nobody is dropped? Srikkanth must be joking

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Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012, 12:36 [IST]
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Does 'rest' mean drop in Indian cricket?

First, let us congratulate BCCI's selection committee chairman Kris Srikkanth and his team for elevating young Virat Kohli to vice-captaincy role. It was a bold and the right move from the senior selection committee. Kohli is now 23 and needs to be groomed to be the next captain of India. He has in him to be a leader.

But at the same time, the committee needs to take the blame for not being transparent while taking a call on some of the seniors in the team. Srikkanth's comment that "no player has been dropped" can never be taken seriously. All players who did not find a place in the team were 'rested' on fitness grounds, according to the chairman.

His justification for Virender Sehwag's omission was 'rest' due to fitness reasons. What is Sehwag's injury? Srikkanth did not reveal.

We would like to ask the chairman what is the committee doing in spite of poor performances from the team in Australia?

Does it mean that India do not have bench strength to replace failing cricketers.

Or is "rest" the convenient way out to describe the dropping of a player.

The journalists, who were covering the selection committee meeting on Wednesday, kept probing Srikkanth to utter that word "drop" for Virender Sehwag. But, an agitated Srikkanth told one of the scribes to "shut up."

But how long will the BCCI and selection committee try to muzzle the media and keep the fans in the dark.

A dedicated Indian fan needs answers from the selectors and the BCCI. They have every right to know whether a player is axed or rested.

If doctors and physio had given a report on Sehwag's fitness, why is he still in Australia. How did he play the series so far?

How come there were no reports of injury to the dashing opener during the Test series?

And is Sehwag so unfit that he cannot travel to Dhaka to play just three games or four if India make it to Asia Cup final.

These questions remain to be answered and probably there won't be any coming BCCI, knowing how they work.

Or, are there any other reasons for ignoring Sehwag? He did have disagreements with captain MS Dhoni. Was Dhoni behind Sehwag's absence from the 15-man squad?

Not only has Sehwag been out of the team but also stripped of vice-captaincy. He led India in one of the games when Dhoni was banned for slow over rate. Recently, he captained India to a ODI series victory over West Indies at home.

Being transparent has never been BCCI's way of functioning. And now, one of the senior players in Sehwag stands at the crossroads. Will he be picked again or continue to rest?


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