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HAVE THE SELECTORS FAILED THE FIRST TEST OF INDEPENDENCE?

You see, important was not who they select but how they select. Also, will it reveal a policy statement that they might not convey overtly? After all selection is a long term game. It’s like chess. You play to a strategy and plan several moves ahead. You also have to prioritise who you will send ahead for the first charge and whether you have picked the knight or the rook or the bishop to deliver your check mate.

While the selection committee has done well to give a chance to some deserving players, one or two of whom should have been a regular by now, the observation is that they have played to the coach’s tune. Continue reading

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ANALYSING AFRIDI

“That lethal mixture has since been exploding not just on the cricket fields but in dressing rooms, Chairmen’s suites, selection meetings and in front of the media. He comes with the paradoxical tag ‘Robust: handle with care’ and those interacting with him, let alone confronting him, disregard that at their peril. Since the past 18 years, Afridi is, and has made aware that he is, his own man; that the world must bend to understand where he is coming from. The sooner the selectors, captain, management, fellow players, spectators recognise that, the better it is for them.” Continue reading

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