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Vijay-Nair Selection Row Escalates Further, Management Is Unhappy
By CricShots - Oct 9, 2018 2:18 pm
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With the Indian batsmen Karun Nair and Murali Vijay expressing their disappointment over their lack of communication with the Indian selection after being sacked from the Indian squad, it has been learned that the Indian team management is furious over the confusion surrounding the matter.

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Karun Nair

After dropping Nair, Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan from the ongoing two-Test series against the West Indies, the selectors and sources close to them have clarified that there is no communication gap between them and the players. It has also been confirmed by the CoA, but the two batsmen stated otherwise, adding uncertainty to the matter and leaving the management unhappy. As per a report in the Times of India, no meeting has taken place between the selectors and those dropped from the Indian setup, and nothing has been done from the CoA’s end to resolve it either.

TOI’s sources said, “Someone is clearly not telling the truth here. Now, either it’s the players or it’s the selectors. If they (BCCI/CoA) want to understand this better, why not just make the captain, coach, the senior cricketers, and selectors sit across the table and hear them out? It’ll be immediately clear who is lying and who is not.”

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Following Vijay’s statement that he was not communicated well after being dropped, chairman of selectors MSK Prasad was angry and had said that he and his colleague Devang Gandhi had informed the opener about the reasons behind his omission. While another BCCI official anonymously said that Vijay had not given the full picture of his story.

In an interview last week, Prasad said, “All these are baseless reports. With regard to the non-communication with Murali Vijay after dropping him, I am equally surprised why he has said this while my colleague and selector on call Devang Gandhi had clearly informed him about the reasons why he was dropped.”

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Murali Vijay

However, the reports of TOI have also suggested that not only has there been a communication gap between the players and the selectors, nothing has been done to find a solution to the issue. Apart from Vijay and Nair, even Rohit Sharma, who was reportedly expected to play the England Tests, hasn’t been contacted.

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Despite the selectors’ repeated claims that the players were contacted, the belief is that at no point was it considered a priority. The sources said, “It took a Mayank Agarwal forever to find a place in the Test squad despite all the scoring he did in the domestic circuit. But all that the selector is bothered with is in conveying that cricketers are being communicated with. That’s not the case.”

Some of the reports of TOI also suggested that the BCCI has not sent notices to any of these cricketers for sharing their thoughts with the media, but confrontation regarding the same might happen soon. Talking about the same, a senior BCCI official said, “Vijay and Karun didn’t exactly do the right thing by speaking on selection policy. That is a breach of central contract. As per the central contract, no player can speak about a just-concluded tour for 30 days. There is a COA (Committee of Administrators) meeting in Hyderabad on October 11 and this issue will be raised there.”