Time for harsh decisions: Sharad Pawar
Utterly disappointed with Indian cricket team's miserable performance in the World Cup, BCCI President Sharad Pawar on Saturday promised to take "harsh" decisions in future team selections with emphasis being put on merit and not past records.
Pawar also said that coach Greg Chappell's contract was till the end of the World Cup and it would now be reviewed.
The Indians lost their crucial league match against Sri Lanka on Friday to virtually crash out of the World Cup. The team now has to hope that Bermuda can pull off a miraculous win over Bangladesh to remain in the competition.
"Our team has disappointed me and the nation. The Indian Board is the only Board which provided maximum facilities to the players, expectations from the team were quite high," he said after India's loss to Sri Lanka.
"Losing or winning happens in the game but performance against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka was not at all up to the mark, especially the batting and fielding," he said.
The selection of the World Cup squad had come under flak with a few out of form players like Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan being picked in the team. Barring the match against minnows Bermuda, the famed batting line up failed to deliver the goods in the showpiece event.
Pawar was, however, not too critical of coach Greg Chappell, saying he shared only a part of the responsibility of the debacle.
"Definitely there is a responsibility to train properly but at the same time one can show water too hot but cannot compel him to drink," he said. More
"We are going to meet after getting a report from the team manager and would give a serious thought to future course of action. Our future approach will be to concentrate for the 2011 World Cup," he said.
"We also have plans to encourage younger players. They will be given more opportunities to play international matches," Pawar said.
"We are also going to discuss with the selection committee. The Board never interferes in the selection process but will definitely discuss with the selection committee to think about the pattern on the lines of Cricket Australia."
"The Australian Board takes a rational approach in the selection process. They do not go by emotions and past performances but by current performance and there are a number of instances in Australian selection that harsh decision has been taken on non-performers," he said.
About Chappell's future as the Indian coach, he said, "the contract with the coach was up to the World Cup and now the World Cup is over. The board has to take a fresh look on the matter," he added.