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Sehwag lashes out at ‘inefficient’ state associations, team selection

Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who recently retired from international cricket, has lashed out at selectors who picked players under the influence of “people in power” and at inefficient running of state associations.

cricket Updated: Jan 06, 2016 16:35 IST
Virender Sehwag receives a trophy from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur during a felicitation ceremony.
Virender Sehwag receives a trophy from Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Anurag Thakur during a felicitation ceremony.(AFP Photo)

Former India opener Virender Sehwag, who recently retired from international cricket, has lashed out at selectors who picked players under the influence of “people in power” and at inefficient running of state associations.

Asked if it’s a problem that state associations were not run efficiently, Sehwag, who recently shifted to Haryana from Delhi in domestic cricket, said, “Yes. It’s not just Delhi. There are other associations which have problems.

“You need to change things at U-19 and U-16 level because that’s problem area. If you pick over-age players, it is a problem that needs to be identified. If you have a player whose name and stature is big, you won’t have this problem,” he told PTI.

Sehwag said that he cannot become a selector as that could be a ‘conflict of interest’ as he has opened a school where young cricketers would be groomed but would love to be part of a state association in another capacity.

“No, there is a conflict of interest. I have my Sehwag International School (in Haryana). So I cannot be a part of it. I cannot be a selector but if any association wants me to be a part of it, I would love to do that. There are other cricketers who have a reputation but they are not getting the opportunity to be a part of the selection panels.

“What is happening is that the guys in power introduce names to the selectors and the selectors then act according to these people’s whims,” he said.

Sehwag, now 37, last played for India in 2013 after scoring 8586 runs from 104 Tests and 8273 runs from 251 ODIs.