Mumbai: The inclusion of Srikkanth Anirudha, son of Krishnamachari Srikkanth in the squad of Emerging Players which would be touring Australia next month has come as a surprise for many and questions are being raised on the selection panel headed by Krish Srikkanth.
This is Srikkanth’s last year as head of the selection panel.
The BCCI’s senior selection committee had on Saturday picked the squad for India’s Emerging Players squad which will play a series of three-day games in Australia next month.
The Tamil Nadu opener who is a part of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings has had a dismal Ranji season as he could only manage 251 runs from 9 innings which was nowhere near the top scores for the season.
Overall his First class average stands at 29.45 and being an opener, these figures are nothing to boast about.
He generally is an attacking player and is said to be suited for T20 format. But even here his stats fail to impress. With his IPL franchise, CSK his scores are 3, 7,9, 0, 64, and 0.
Interestingly, Srikkanth Anirudha did not even feature in the Tamil Nadu first XI regularly last season and when he was selected for the Challengers Trophy last year without even appearing for a single List A fixture, many eye brows were raised.
The trend of nepotism and favouritism in Indian cricket is nothing new as there have been various such instances in the past.
The likes of Udit Patel and Stuart Binny, sons of Brijesh Patel and Roger Binny respectively who held high positions in Karnataka Cricket are some notable examples.
But such biasness has lead to lose of opportunity for many talented and supremely skilled performers in the domestic circuit.
The selectors overlooked another opener in the form of 22-year old Jharkhand opener, Ishan Jaggi who had impressed everyone amassing 522 runs in the longer version and averaging a stellar 57 in limited over version. Compare this stat to that of Srikkanth Anirudha one can clearly make out on who deserves a place in Emerging players squad.
The Emerging Players tournament will have three-day matches as opposed to limited-over matches as in previous years. India`s campaign at the tournament starts with a match against South Africa from August 1. They will then play New Zealand from August 6, and Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) from August 11.
Squad: Shikhar Dhawan (capt), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-capt), S Anirudha, Manish Pandey, Saurabh Tiwary, Manoj Tiwary, Ashok Menaria, C Gautam (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Rahul Sharma, Iqbal Abdulla, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, S Aravind, Vinay Kumar.