‘Aged players' selection responsible for JK’s poor show’


Srinagar, Nov 14: After two poor outings in current seasons Ranji Trophy Cricket Tournament, J&K Ranji Trophy team has come under severe criticism from the cricket fraternity of the State.
 When the selection list of J&K Ranji Trophy was made public, cricket pundits predicted that aged cricketers have time and again failed to prove their mettle in the event. After playing two matches wherein JK lost one while fought hard to draw other has proved that senior selected players failed to justify their selection.
 Before the selection started JK Chief Coach and former International cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi opted out of selection owing to the objection of some selectors regarding him interfering in their selection matters. He chose to stay away from selection process giving JK based five-member selection committee a free hand to select players.
 However when the list was out every one was shocked to see some of the proven failed senior players in the list while leaving out some of the talented youngsters.
 “It was shock for everyone to see those senior players who are on the fringe of their retirement included in the team while leaving out talented youngsters,” said Shahid of Rainawari.
 “In the first two matches in which JK failed miserably youngsters played well while it was senior lot who failed to perform again. They have been failing continuously at Ranji level and still they are being selected,” he added.
 The team comprises of four players who have passed 30 years of age and include, Arshad Bhat 36, Druv Mahajan 33, Samiullah Beigh 31 years and 200 days, Hardeep Singh 30. While Samiullah Beigh is JK’s spearhead pacer and has been appointed team skipper this season he has not been able to bowl like what he used to be. Other three have also failed affected the whole team performance.
 “It is irony that selectors opted for the senior players leaving youngsters when their focus should be on to build team for the future. We are failing with seniors and it is better to sink without them keeping future in the sight,” said JKSDA organising secretary Reyaz Wani.
 “Players have a right to participate in selection trials and it is up to selectors to select them. The blame lies on selectors and not the players. They selectors should take blame on why they opted for senior players to that of youngsters,” he said.
 JKSDA also blamed J&K Cricket Association for the “faulty” selection procedure which is proving detrimental for JK cricket.
 “JKCA is lacking proper selection procedure. Instead of selecting probable at district level they do prefer State level open selection trials in which it is hard for newcomer to prove their talent,” he said.
 The Young Star Cricket Club (YSCC) Doda has also blamed JKCA for “not following proper selection procedure.”
 “Maximum talented cricketers of entire state particularly belonging from remote districts including Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar, Reasi, Rajouri, Poonch, Kupwara, Shopian, Baramulla, Kulgam, Bandipora and others are not well aware about the cricket trials conducted by the JKCA under different age groups including Ranji. It is impossible for the players of these districts to reach Jammu or Srinagar at the time of selection cum trial” said Patron YSCC Doda Manzoor Ahmed Batt.
 “I request JKCA to start conducting district level trials followed by state level trials for selecting different teams for national events,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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