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Friday, December 16, 2005

What price 'non-interference'?

The thing is -- and this is not to say that the manner of Sourav's ouster was justified -- this whole issue is inadvertently casting light on an issue often talked about in the media and among the fans, and as often denied by the administration.
'Who, us, interfere in team selection, no wayyyyyyyyyyy!' -- isn't that the party line? And yet, you have one former president telling the incumbent he needs to over-rule the selection committee.
Cricket Association of Bengal president, Jagmohan Dalmiya has appealed to Mr Pawar to reinstate Ganguly in the squad for the third Test in Ahmedabad commencing on Sunday.
"Last evening, I saw your reactions on television when you expressed your ‘shock’ at Sourav’s omission. Since you have realised that Sourav should not have been dropped from the team I would earnestly appeal for your kind intervention in the matter and advise the honorary secretary to reinstate Sourav for the Ahmedabad Test," Mr Dalmiya wrote. He also cited several examples when secretaries sought for the president’s approval before announcing the Indian team for the home series.

See the highlighted portion at the end -- isn't that precisely what the problem has been all along -- selectors picking teams, secretaries then scurrying to presidents for revisions and such?


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