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7 good men and their radical vision to change the face of game

Former Indian captains come up with a few radical suggestions that could well make a difference, reports G Krishnan.

cricket Updated: Apr 07, 2007 02:10 IST
G Krishnan

India captains Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Chandu Borde, Srinivasan Venkataraghavan, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Ravi Shastri and Krishnamachari Srikkanth invited by the BCCI to meet with office-bearers and recommend ways to take Indian cricket forward, came up with a few radical suggestions that could well make a difference. If the Board's working committee, which meets here on Saturday, decides to adopt them.

The most dramatic of these, was the recommendation to make the post of an Indian selector a full-time, paid job, both probably because that would mean a selector would be accountable and that he could spend all his time on the job. At the moment, selectors only meet when they get together to choose a team. And as the job is in an honorary capacity, they often find it difficult to spend all their time scouting talent because they are holding down another job.

Meanwhile, K Srikkanth, one of the former skippers in the meet, termed it " super" and "constructive". "We did not touch upon individual players and their performance or who has to be the next India coach. We discussed what the role of the Indian coach (or cricket manager as you may call it) should be."

Srikkanth said that some captains felt that the coach should be an Indian while some others felt that whether it is an Indian or a foreigner, he must be the best man for the job.

“We touched upon ways to improve the selection policies in junior cricket, make them play more on neutral pitches and raise umpiring standards at the junior level so that there is integrity among the players. It is junior cricket and domestic tournaments that produce India cricketers and we do not want any Tom, Dick and Harry to play for the country,” said the outspoken former India opener.

He also said that in the meeting, Pataudi said that “diving” was something a player learnt when he was 15 (the reference being to India's abysmal fielding). According to sources, Kapil suggested that players be asked to refrain from shooting for advertisements 15 days before a tour and that any new endorsement they take on be first scrutinised by the Board.

A BCCI release stated that the captains said a copy of the endorsement contract should be submitted to the Board to ensure that there is no clause therein relating to a performance based incentive. They also asked that the number of endorsements of a player be limited and not more than two or three players endorse a product other than that of a BCCI sponsor (this may possibly mean that not more than 2-3 players appear in an advertisment together).