Ex-India selector says current panel not experienced to take on Kohli and Co

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Former Indian wicketkeeper and selector Syed Kirmani.

Former India wicket-keeper and selector Syed Kirmani has said that the current MSK Prasad-led selection panel is not experienced enough to challenge captain Virat Kohli or coach Ravi Shastri.

The former gloveman expressed his concerns after Test players Karun Nair and Murali Vijay were omitted from the squad for the West Indies series, with both players saying no selector spoke to them about the reasons behind their exclusion. Prasad later stated he had communicated with Nair and Vijay.

Talking to the Press Trust of India, Kirmani said: “If you ask me Ravi Shastri is the main selector, being the coach. He along with captain and senior members will discuss and put what they want across to the selection committee.

“The current selection committee, with due respect, is inexperienced compared to these guys (Shastri and Kohli). And they better listen to what the team management wants because they cannot debate with Shastri and Kohli, who have much more experience,” said the 68-year-old, who played 88 Tests for the country and became chief selector in 2003.

The current five-member India selection panel includes chief selector Prasad who played six Tests and 17 ODIs. Others are low on international experience as well; Sarandeep Singh (3 Tests, 5 ODIs), Devang Gandhi (4 Tests, 3 ODIs), Jatin Paranjpe (4 ODIs) and Gagan Khoda (2 ODIs).

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More local board drama as Mumbai refuses to host West Indies ODI against India

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The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai hosted the 2016 World T20 semi-final.

More drama is expected during West Indies’ tour of India with a second state association expressing its inability to host an international match.

Earlier, the second ODI between India and the West Indies was moved from Indore to Visakhapatnam after a dispute over complimentary ticket allocations. It came after a dispute between the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and the BCCI over the number of tickets made available to officials from the governing body as well as sponsors and team officials.

Now, it’s the turn of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MC) with the local body saying it is unable to host the fourth ODI on October 29 at the Wankhede Stadium in the absence of any office bearers to pay its vendors, according to a report in the Indian Express.

Earlier, the Mumbai association faced the embarrassment of being unable to pay the hotel bills for its state team during the local Vijay Hazare tournament in Bangalore after the Indian board forced to help them out. The MCA is likely to meet BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to explain their situation.

Apparently, the Bombay High Court had appointed two administrators to oversee the functioning of MCA but their term ended on September 15. As of now, CEO CS Naik is in charge but in the absence of any authorised signatory, all payments at Mumbai association have been suspended, including salaries to staff members and players’ daily allowances.

“MCA doesn’t have any signatory, so who will sign payments, who will appoint vendors? Who will conduct the entire game? In such circumstances, it will be very difficult for us to hold an international game. We will put all this case in front of BCCI let them take a call,” the report quoted an official as saying.

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India defeat Sri Lanka to win Under-19 Asia Cup

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We are the champions: India

India sealed another Under-19 Asia Cup after thrashing Sri Lanka by 144 runs on Sunday.

Yashasvi Jaiswal top-scored with 85 while Anuj Rawat (57), Simran Singh (65) and Ayush Badoni (52) all hit fifties as India set an imposing total of 304-3 in Dhaka.

In reply, the Sri Lankans fell way short of their target with Nishan Madushka (49) hitting his side’s best score as spinner Harsh Tyagi saved his best till last with a devastating six-wicket spell. The 18-year-old finished with figures of 6-38 as Sri Lanka were all out for 160 in 38 overs.

The result meant it was another big margin for India after beating Nepal (172 runs), and UAE (227 runs) in the earlier matches.

It was India’s sixth Asian title after Afghanistan won the last edition in 2016.

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