BCCI not happy with the selectors after India crash out of World Cup 2019

A senior BCCI official was furious at the selection committee for their inconsistent selections during the World Cup 2019.
BCCI not happy with the selectors after India crash out of World Cup 2019BCCI not happy with the selectors after India crash out of World Cup 2019
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The BCCI is left unhappy with the selection panel after they failed to solve India's number four woes for the World Cup 2019. Coach Ravi Shastri too commented that the lack of a solid number four batsman in the team affected India in the semi-finals against New Zealand. Chasing 240 for a win, the side slumped to 5 for 3, with the absence of a player who could play patiently and see out the threatening spell from Matt Henry and Trent Boult affecting them. 

The BCCI is also unhappy with the injury replacements that were made during the tournament - Rishabh Pant replaced Shikhar Dhawan after the latter fractured his thumb, while Vijay Shankar's replacement was opener Mayank Agarwal. It must also be noted that the selection panel ignored Ambati Rayudu, who had fared well in his limited opportunities and had the skills to bat at number 4 in tough conditions, for Shankar, who was India's number 4 according to chief selector MSK Prasad. However, Shankar was ignored in the playing 11 in India's first World Cup game against South Africa, with KL Rahul coming out to bat at four. 

Rayudu, who had been enlisted as a standby in case of an injury was also ignored twice, with Pant and Agarwal taking the flight to England instead. 

A BCCI official, speaking to IANS threw light on the matter. "When the team wins a tournament, the selectors are given a financial reward for their performance but when the criticism comes after a loss, it is only the players who seem to be criticised. What about the selectors?"

“More importantly, what about the chairman of the selection committee? He has been constantly travelling with the team on all tours and surely he must have seen the areas that require attention. The accountability for the number 4 musical chairs must rest with him since he was the one playing the music,” the official said.

Speaking about the selection process, the official stated that it left the BCCI confused. 

“One has been unable to make head or tail of anything. An opener gets injured and you get a middle-order batsman as replacement who should have always been a part of the squad in the first place.

“Then, your middle-order batsman gets injured and you get an opener as replacement. No matter what the team management wants, the decision lies with the selectors. This also leads to a bigger question as to who would judge the performance of the selectors during the period of their contracts.

“Who judges whether they are being influenced by other factors or if two selectors are performing better than the others?”

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