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Pressure, cash & favours

One of the problems plaguing the DDCA is allegations of irregularities in the selection process at the junior level. An under-19 selector, on condition of anonymity, explained the pressures selectors were under, reports Heena Zuni Pandit.

cricket Updated: Aug 18, 2009 23:48 IST
Heena Zuni Pandit

One of the problems plaguing the DDCA is allegations of irregularities in the selection process at the junior level. An under-19 selector, on condition of anonymity, explained the pressures selectors were under.

Actual functioning:

The selection panel works on guidelines from the sports committee. There are set guidelines for picking players. Often we’re told to take a few with the team but not necessarily play them. The coach and support staff are ‘told’ what to do. Some players only get two-three matches because that’s their ‘quota.’

Pressures

It’s about ‘relations’ and not money or political pressure. In some cases it’s just to please someone. Maybe Tejaswi Yadav (son of Lalu Prasad Yadav), was accommodated “to please Laluji”

Cash to play?

You don’t get paid specifically to pick a player. But adjustments are made between the selectors where in you get your boy in and then have to vote a certain way for other players. After the player is selected you might benefit somehow (in cash or kind) from the player.