‘We Have Got A Mickey Mouse Selection Panel’ Farokh Engineer Lashes Out At Selectors
Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Farokh Engineer has lashed out at the current selection panel and has labelled them as ‘Mickey Mouse selection committee’. In a conversation with The Times of India, Engineer also said that he didn’t even recognise one of the selectors during the World Cup.
“We have got a Mickey Mouse selection committee.
“Virat Kohli has a major impact (in the process) which is very good. But how are the selectors qualified? Between them, have they played about 10-12 Test matches. I didn’t even know one of the selectors during the World Cup and I asked him ‘who the hell he was’ because he was wearing the India blazer and he said he was one of the selectors. All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma (Kohli’s wife) cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee,” he said.
The current selection comprises of chief selector MSK Prasad, Sarandeep Singh, Gagan Khoda, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe. The selectors took over the position in 2016 after the Sandeep Patil-led panel completed its term – Prasad was also a part of that panel.
The present panel has had taken few surprising decisions. They dropped Ambati Rayudu from the squad for World Cup 2019 and when it came to choosing replacements, the right-handed batsman did not find favour even when team India needed a middle-order batsman.
The way few of the players have been dropped from the team in past have also seen the panel coming under the spotlight. Sunil Gavaskar recently called the selection committee ‘lame ducks’.
It was expected that the members of the panel might be replaced soon but going by BCCI’s constitution, they have a term of two years left. Hence, the MSK Prasad-led panel might continue to keep its position till 2021.
It will see them select teams for next year’s T20 World Cup and the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Under the present selection panel, team India made it to the final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 and the semi-final of World Cup 219. The Virat Kohli-led side also created history in Australia by becoming the first Asian Test side to defeat them Down Under.