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Thursday, December 22, 2005

The other side of the coin?

In recent weeks, the selection committee -- and, by extension, the role skipper Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell are supposedly playing in some omissions and commissions -- has come in for extended debate.
Somehow, while reading this Charlie Austin post-mortem of Sri Lanka after the Test series, I couldn't help thinking -- we are going down one route today; here is an example of the alternate road.
Maybe I am reaching. But for what it is worth, consider these bits:
The biggest concern is that Atapattu and Tom Moody, both most visibly accountable for the team's performance, appear not to be properly consulted over selection. When Moody arrived the interim committee promised him the necessary powers to push through his policies and build the team. The chairman of selectors, Lalith Kaluperuma, also assured the media that the selectors would be supportive.
The reality appears to be indifference to the views of the captain and the coach. Atapattu has even publicly confirmed that he was not even consulted about Jayasuriya's omission for the Test series. Judging by the ODI squad for New Zealand and Australia, which includes the sacking of Upul Chandana and Nuwan Zoysa, two of Sri Lanka's chief wicket-takers last year, communication is a major problem.

Meanwhile, it's a seemingly quiet day for the cricket; a horrendously busy day here at work with an all-nighter looming ahead. Will be back, as and when new stories come up -- or time permits.

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