Do you think dropping Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly from Odi right?
April 21, 2007 1:42am CST
This could mean the passing of an era in Indian cricket. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have been dropped from the One-day team for Bangladesh, although the selectors were at pains to say that they've been "rested". Virender Sehwag has been left out of the Test team, while Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar and Irfan Pathan are out of both versions of the game. Chief Indian selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who has been rather vocal about the selectors' independence from BCCI, has had to bow to the wishes of the board and select a 'young team', as TOI had anticipated in a front-page report a good 10 days ago. On Friday, the day the team for Bangladesh was announced, he was at a loss of words as he addressed a rather inquisitive media after an unusually long (two-hour) meeting. Vengsarkar looked distinctly unhappy at being undermined by BCCI and its secretary Niranjan Shah. Shah was unapologetic in stating that "the BCCI and the working committee is more powerful than the selection committee and if need be it will guide the selectors". Vengsarkar also didn't look overtly chuffed at being asked to follow the working committee's diktat 'to select a young team'. And a young team it was -- at least for the ODIs, though Dravid stays on as skipper despite being not so young at 34. The other 30-plus cricketers, notably Sachin (will be 34 on April 24) and Sourav (34), have been “given a break". "I have spoken to Sachin and Sourav and conveyed our decision. India are playing 45 ODIs this year and it's not possible for the same team to play in every one of those games," Vengsarkar explained.
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21 Apr 07
It's a fair selection, and the idea behind the selection seems to be an attempt to shake up the seniors. At the same time the selectors need to stop camouflaging decisions, dropping cannot be same as resting, and show commitment towards youth. The selection committee had many tricky choices to make, mostly at the policy level - youth or experience? Long-term planning or short-term gains? They haven't quite nailed that down, but they have made it clear that they are not going to be dictated to by the players. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have been rested from India's one-day squad to Bangladesh while Virender Sehwag hasn't found a place in the Test squad. I say this is a welcome decision which the board as well as the Selection committee has dared to take. I don't guess sachin and sourav will be out of the team for long. They will be back in the team soon. Wish the team all the best for their Bangladesh tour.
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22 Apr 07
ganguly played very selfishly in the world cup the inning against bangladesh was very irresponsible,first he stays there for over 40 over and then he get out playing a silly shot or his favorite shot.he built pressure on others with his innings
22 Apr 07
the decision is good as they are not the future of the one day cricket.people like manoj tiwari are or be the future great. but the decision can backfire think what if the young team loses to bangladesh but they have to take he risk and playing well against bangladesh do not prove their potential they have to perform in front of better bowling line up. hoping the decision works.