Controversy over Tendulkar son's U-14 selection

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Updated: Monday, January 14, 2013, 11:40 [IST]
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Bangalore, Jan 13: Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun's selection in the Mumbai Under-14 team for West Zone league matches has raised questions of nepotism by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) selectors, a report published in a leading English daily said on Sunday.

According to a report in "The Times of India" newspaper, several parents are unhappy that their sons' good performances were ignored while selecting the Mumbai Under-14 team.

Controversy over Sachin son selection

Arjun Tendulkar, who has scored just one century (124) in trials, that too last May, finds himself in the middle of selection controversy along with other kids in the squad. Arjun's next best score was 70.

When ThatsCricket spoke to a source close to MCA, on Sunday, he felt Arjun Tendulkar should not have been in the team. He said selectors were "Tendulkarised." He "sympathised" with the parents of those boys who missed out.

The report said that Don Bosco (Matunga) School's Bhupen Lalwani had scored 398 not out against IES Modern School in the Giles Shield (Elite Division) but still does not find a place in the team, which is inexplicable.

Lalwani's 398 came off 277 balls with 47 boundaries. Despite such an effort his name failed to make the cut.

"I definitely expected my son to be picked in the team," Lalwani's father was quoted as saying in the report.

Speaking on the issue, former Mumbai coach Pravin Amre said: "In my time, proper data was maintained in junior cricket and I was lucky to have a couple of former India players as selectors. Today, they are paid for doing the job too and are not just honorary officials. So they need to go to the maidan and watch matches."

The report also listed out several other names who had made it to the squad without big performances. It also mentioned names of few other players who deserved chances.


Story first published:  Sunday, January 13, 2013, 11:38 [IST]
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