Selector Mohinder Amarnath’s absence irks North Zone units.posted under: India | All news
|Former India batsman and North Zone national cricket selector Mohinder Amarnath is under fire for not spending enough time in his zone.
State associations for the north are not happy with the fact that even though Amarnath has been their selector for some time now, he is rarely seen, one of the reasons being that he currently resides in Mumbai and Goa.
A top BCCI official was quoted by a newspaper on Tuesday saying: “This is a serious issue with North Zone states and we are looking into it and if need be, we are going to make appropriate changes. But you cannot blame the selector as well because he does not stay in north India.”
Funnily, during his days as a cricketer, Amarnath played most of his domestic cricket for Delhi.
There is also a strong indication that he may not continue as the North Zone selector from September and may be shifted to some other zone. Amarnath had joined the panel as a replacement for Yashpal Sharma.
As per the rules, selectors can remain in their posts for 3 years, but after India won the 2011 World Cup, the BCCI decided to give a one-year extension to current selectors.
A frustrated Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) official was quoted saying: “He is hardly here in Delhi, the state he represents in the panel.”
“Once you have selected the team, what is the point of travelling with the team? After picking the Indian team, they should be concentrating on other talented players who are future prospects for the country,” he added.
Rumors and reports have been on from a long time suggesting that Amarnath would become the Chairman of the committee after current Chairman Kris Srikkanth steps down in this year, the main reason being that Amarnath is a well-respected man in the panel and has an impressive amount of international experience, but with the North Zone’s protests, he has hit a speed bump.