Cricket writer tears into KSCA selection process in open letter

Cricket writer tears into KSCA selection process in open letter

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2017-01-25 17:36 KSCA selectors have been accused of favouritism and unfair behaviour following the announcement of the T20 team on Tuesday (Jan 24). Cricket writer Joseph Hoover, in an open letter to the KSCA selection committee, criticised the selection process, which he says was not transparent and didn’t reward players who performed consistently. Hoover says he respects selectors’ decision, but questions the reason for dropping Ronit More, who had “claimed 12 wickets in the tournament, giving away merely 20 runs in each of the games” in the inter-club tournament. “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,” says the letter. The letter says that “each selector has his own favourite player” and there is “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,” says Hoover in the letter. The cricket writer says it is baffling Shreyas Gopal and Robin Uthappa were not picked. “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,” states the letter. The letter says that many times “players with clout and money power” got to represent Karnataka while the talented were cast aside. The letter asks selectors to play fair in the interest of the game and players.