Open Letter to KSCA Selection Committee

I write to you with a hope that at least in the future the KSCA, as a responsible and transparent cricket body, will consider the performance of players who strive hard to show their prowess in the league and other tournaments.

The T20 team, announced this morning (Jan 24, 2017), does not do justice to players who have performed consistently in the inter-club tournament.

KSCA has spent over 15 lakh to conduct the inter-club T20 tournament, including the cost for illuminating the M Chinnaswamy stadium for the finale between Vultures CC and FUCC.

About 150 matches have been played over the last three weeks. Players participate to catch the eye of the selectors!

If the performance in this tournament is not considered, there is no purpose in conducting the event, for the sake of it. It is a sheer waste of time, money, man hours (players, umpires, scorers et al).

Instead, the money could be used for developing the club house.

 

Though I respect the selectors' decision, I have a couple of questions which I seek answers for, in the larger interest of the game and the players. Let's be transparent. We want only the best to play for the state, right?

Ronit More has claimed 12 wickets in the tournament, giving away merely 20 runs in each of the games he has played. But he has been ignored. Why?

Stallin has performed consistently in the T20 league, scoring over 250 runs and scalping 15 wickets. His performance in the final (75 and four wickets for 15 runs) was outstanding. If the selectors were truly watching, they would agree with it.

Others performed as well. But these two -- More and Stallin - definitely deserved a chance.

Each selector has his own favourite player. There is a perceivable conflict of interest issue. Some are picked because they play for the club the selector is associated with. Some are picked because they belong to a certain bank/ industry/ academy.

How could they drop Shreyas Gopal?

It is also surprising that Robin Uthappa has been ignored. As his T20 record manifests, he is a key player to any side that he represents. We would like to know the reason why he has been overlooked.

If Uthappa is injured, please furnish his medical report.
Was he dropped for lack of performance? 
Did he make himself unavailable?

We are all are aware that the selection process at the under-14, under-16 and under-19 grades has been questionable. As many aggrieved parents lament, players with clout and money power have represented Karnataka. The talented have been cast aside.

It is indeed a shame that there are allegations that some special coaches and selectors have been paid or taken on foreign jaunts.

As former cricketers, how could one cheat the game and the players?

Now that the Lodha reforms have been reluctantly embraced, let's hope these allegations don't prop up and bring Karnataka cricket to disrepute again.

We have a rich legacy. Let's play fair, in the interest of the game and the aspiring players.

Sincerely in cricket
Joseph Hoover

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Joseph Hoover is a veteran cricket writer, environmentalist and a wildlife activist. He has had an illustrious career as a journalist with leading publications and is feared as well as revered for his hard hitting and upright writings.

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