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Saturday, December 03, 2005


Kapil Dev, I notice, has joined the call for voting rights for captain and coach in selection meetings.
An interesting debate building up here -- because in their own ways, both Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell have indicated that they are comfortable with not having voting rights. Their arguments have been somewhat similar, the gist being that while they believe the selectors should listen to their inputs on team composition, and even on the value individual players bring to the table, it could be counter-productive for them to have to actually vote out a particular player.
You can see where that argument is coming from. Assume that during one selection exercise, captain and coach for even the most valid reasons find themselves having to vote out a particular player -- said player is then apt to take it more personally, than if he had been dropped by the selectors. And -- human nature being what it is -- the player could well hold it against his captain and coach, when next he makes his way back into the ranks.
Of course, one possible solution is for the captain and coach to be pro-active. If for instance they find they have to nix a particular player, they could always call the guy in question and speak to him, explain the whys and wherefores of their vote and assure him that he continues to have a role in the team, only not in this particular series or game(s).
Recall for instance Ricky Ponting's comments after the axing of Damien Martyn; Ponting said he made sure he called Martyn and broke the news ahead of the selectors announcing it; 'Damien would have wanted me to', Ponting said then.
Elsewhere in this piece, Kapil says something else that makes me wish more than ever I had a copy of the BCCI constitution and playbook:
Criticising the functioning of the BCCI, he said "every single cricket would like to contribute to the game even after retirement, but the sad thing is the constitution of the BCCI is such that I'm not even a member of my state association. The rules do not allow it," he said.

Wonder what rule Kapil is referring to -- it is not as if former players have not gone on to become members of their respective state associations.


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