Srikkanth declines to comment on exclusion of Sreesanth

Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 19:18 PM IST

Thiruvananthapuram: Selection Committee Chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth offered no comments on the exclusion of pace bowler S Sreesanth from the Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2.

"The (selection) process is over. I have to take permission from BCCI if I want to make any comment on the selection," Srikkanth told reporters after inaugurating work on a new cricket stadium at Thumba.

The former India captain, however, lauded the performance of Sreesanth in Test matches. "Let Kerala produce more bowlers like him," he said.

After being left out of the team, the Kerala pacer had yesterday tweeted, "I am so heart broken...but it is lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges and I believe in myself. Wishing the team all the very best. I am sure we will win (the World Cup) this one...(I) will surely miss it."

Srikkanth also wanted the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) to build more cricket infrastructure in the state, which he said would help more players to come up.

The stadium at Thumba is being developed at a cost of Rs four crore by the KCA in association with St Xavier`s College at Thumba. It is envisaged as a full-fledged ground with turf wickets, dressing room, indoor nets and other facilities for staging first-class matches.

The 15-member Indian team for the World Cup was announced yesterday. The team, led by M S Dhoni, contained four pace bowlers --- Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar.

PTI