‘Board has thrown us under the bus…’ – One Of The Sacked Selectors Slams Indian Cricket Board For Interference

By Daniel S

November 20, 2022

On 18 November, the Indian Cricket Board surprised everyone by sacking Chetan Sharma and the entire Selection Committee. The decision came out suddenly on the same day when team India locked horns with the Kiwis in the first game of the ongoing T20I series in Wellington. But, due to heavy rain, the match got abandoned.

According to PTI reports, team India’s performances in the Asia Cup and the 20-20 World Cup, workload management, and the unsettled squad have been the main reason behind this sacking. But, now one of those sacked selectors came up with a huge allegation against the Indian Cricket Board. He claimed that the Board made them the scapegoats only.

“They have made us the scapegoats” – one of the sacked selectors about the Indian Cricket Board

While speaking to InsideSport, the selector said: “The Indian Cricket Board has thrown us under the bus when they clearly know they should take the blame as well. The captaincy decision was not entirely our own. There was constant interference in selection decisions. The rotation policy in place came as advice from the Indian Cricket Board and it was of course logical. But they now blame us for having 8 captains in 9 months. They have made us the scapegoats.”

“When you talk about not having a long-term plan, it’s untrue. The reason why Shami was dropped from the T20 team was to make space for someone like Arshdeep. He did well. Axar got the backing to be a backup for Jadeja. But tell, is there a replacement for Ashwin? The next-in-line media talks about are Washington Sundar. He has been struggling with injuries. That is why Ashwin made a comeback. As far as team selection goes, it was never in our hands. It was up to the team management to take the call. You should ask why Chahal didn’t play in Australia” the former selector added.

“I won’t name anyone or a group. But it was not completely the selection committee’s decision to go with the new captain for all formats. Some of us wanted to have Virat for white-ball formats until the 2023 WC. But ultimately, Virat was removed. Many in the Indian Cricket Board did not support multiple captains for multiple formats. And as far as having 8 captains in a year is concerned, it’s important to rotate and rest players. Rohit is leading the in all three formats at 35 years of age. KL has been in and out of rehab. So, it’s only natural to go with the player next in line for captaincy” the former selector concluded.