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BCCI Needs a strategy for talent hunt

"In a situation when a strong strategy for talent hunt and organisation of team was needed from BCCI to increase the status of cricket, it engaged itself in politics not for the improvement of cricket but to make the game of cricket its personal property which was evident from the tussle between BCCI and ICL (Indian Cricket League)."

Swayam Prakash Mahapatra : November 27, 2008

While team India needs a strong determination and a strategic team work to capture the throne of ICC’s numer one team in the test ranking, some of its senior players optng retirement would obviously put some pressure on team management.

The Kolkata Prince Saurav Ganguly when announced his retirement from cricket, it drew reaction from the whole nation. Team India looked for an immediate alternate to recover from the loss after team captain Anil Kumble announced his retirement from test cricket, all of a sudden indicating his bad performance in the favourite ground and injury as the causes behind the announcement. However, Team India missed two of its veterans Saurav Ganguly and Anil Kumble.

Dada – as Ganguly is known in Cricket world – the most successful captain, batsman and a senior member of team India and Kumble – the highest wicket taking bowler for India – third of the world (after Shane Warne of Australia and Muttiah Muralitharan of Srilanka) gave a big blow to the team when the team was still expecting a lot from them.

Legendary leg spinner Kumble finished his test career with 619 wickets from 132 tests and 337 wickets in 271 one day international matches. He is the second bowler in test matches after Jim Laker of England to take 10 wickets in an innings. Century against England at oval in 2007 added another feather to his career. The 18 year long cricket career came to an end at the Firoz Shah Kotla stadium, where he once created history for India. Cricket world was stunned when the highest wicket taker of India Anil Kumble announced his retirement from test cricket.

After two most successful players of team India took retirement in one test series, it’s really a great responsibility on the shoulders of other senior members to handle the situation and take the team ahead. The incident must add pressure on the seniors to perform well.

While talking to HNF Associate Editor Bibhuti Pati, Kumble said that ‘a number of talented players are there across the country. Lack of proper talent hunt method and utilisation of talent, many players do not get a chance to enter into the national team. He also added that the come back of Australian team in the 3rd test match was really amazing. But it’s unfortunate for me that the last test match ended with injury.

The most successful captain of team India Saurav Ganguly’s career ended in a tragic manner. When Ganguly was put outside the team selected for Irani Trophy, the whole country thought that the successful career of Ganguly ended there itself. When the selection committee under the leadership of K. Srikant replaced the Venkasarkar team, the whole country expected a quick back of the Bengal Tiger into the squad and that happened. Ganguly surprisingly made his way into the test squad for Australian series. The fresh turn ended up as a surprise after the retirement decision taken by Ganguly in the end of the first test match.

Whatever the matter is, Dada made himself the prince of Indian cricket team scoring a smashing century in his last test.

In a situation when a strong strategy for talent hunt and organisation of team was needed from BCCI to increase the status of cricket, it engaged itself in politics not for the improvement of cricket but to make the game of cricket its personal property which was evident from the tussle between BCCI and ICL (Indian Cricket League).

BCCI, the richest cricket control board even didn’t bother to undermine the champion players those who contributed the most to popularise cricket and making it a sporting religion. Kapil Dev, the only world cup winning team so far, was even not spared and was almost regularly hurt by BCCI since he took the charge of ICL.
 
As the role model for cricket lovers Sachin Tendulkar said in an interview to a television channel, “seniors are not getting proper respect in the dressing room”. BCCI must look into this matter and take some measure steps regarding this. Otherwise the cricket crazy country would lose its most successful players before time.

 

 

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