After disappointment in Vijay Hazare Trophy, only the best must represent Chandigarh
Rohit Mahajan Chandigarh, October 20 The disappointing performance of Chandigarh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy has bolstered the hopes of several aggrieved cricketers, who had been complaining of biased selection when the team was picked. Chandigarh, competing in the Plate Division of the tournament, failed to qualify for the main tournaments quarterfinals after finishing second in the league phase. Having produced pedigreed players and possessing excellent infrastructure, Chandigarh would have expected to top the Plate Divisions league phase, ahead of teams such as Puducherry, Uttarakhand and Assam. However, Chandigarh suffered a big loss to Puducherry (eight wickets) and a more shocking defeat to Nagaland to be knocked out of the reckoning for the quarterfinals. With six wins and two defeats in nine matches, Chandigarh finished tied second on the table with 26 points, well behind Puducherry, who finished unbeaten and on 32 points. The individual performances of the players are disappointing, too no batsman averaged over 40, and there were only four scores of over 50 , As Reported By Tribune.
According to the Newspaper,Credit to Uday Kaul and Manan Vohra for their 100s, and Ankit Kaushik and Arjun Azad for their 50s, but there was little else to write home about. Barinder Sran, who has donned the India shirt, was the biggest disappointment, ending up with six wickets in five matches. Looking ahead The road ahead gets more difficult only one team from the Ranji Trophy Plate Division will make it to the main Ranji Trophy tournament. Its only natural that out of hundreds of players available for selection, only a select few would make the squad. The players who cannot be accommodated are left complaining. However, considering the disappointing performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the UT Cricket Association must heed the complaints and ensure a rigorous degree of fairness in trials and selection for the rest of the season.