If you can’t get people to listen to you any other way, tell them it’s confidential!
Former India chief selector Kiran More reiterated this thought on Wednesday, saying Mohinder Amarnath should have refrained from revealing selection matters to the media. Amarnath had, over the past few days, said it was BCCI president N Srinivasan who saved MS Dhoni from being sacked as Team India skipper.
“I feel what happens in the selection meeting should stay within the four walls. It’s not right to reveal what’s discussed there as they are extremely confidential matters. When you are working for the BCCI, you are a part of it. As a selector, it’s our duty to abide by the rules of the BCCI and its constitution. I don’t agree with Amarnath. What he did is not beneficial for Indian cricket in any way and it wasn’t done in good taste,” More said on the sidelines of the launch of NGO Lakshya’s Mumbai operations.
“We often have debates during the meeting, and that’s necessary. But these arguments should stay inside the room and not be made known to the media or the public. Otherwise, the whole purpose is lost,” the former India wicketkeeper added. When asked if he ever faced a similar situation during his days as a selector, More replied in the negative.
When asked about ongoing India-England Test series, More said it was unfortunate that the hosts were down 1-2, but felt India would bounce back in the ongoing Nagpur Test. “We need to have strong bench strength. The previous selection committee should have worked on this aspect and focused on building a new team. After the 2011 World Cup, we fielded the same team time and again and the youngsters were not given enough opportunities. That’s one of the key reasons why the Indian Test team is going through such a rough patch.”