A mockery of the whole situation: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar said that the BCCI invites former captains to take suggestions on how to go about things in future but they are shown the way to the dustbin AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jan 17, 2012

Former cricketer and national selector, Dilip Vengsarkar says he isn t surprised by the way former cricketers, print and electronic media have reacted to India s performance Down Under.

Writing in a column for DNA, Vengsarkar wrote, “After every bad tour and series whether it is versus Australia, England, South Africa or a World Cup debacle the BCCI invites former captains of different eras to take suggestions on how to go about things in future. The former captains, with all sincerity, offer their inputs but they are shown the way to the dustbin. I feel this is not only insulting to the cricketers but also a mockery of the whole situation. We wait for India to play in a home series to restore normalcy.”

India got the No. 1 ranking in Tests by playing at home. The last overseas Test match won by India was in West Indies. Since then, the team hasn t won in England, Australia or South Africa.

India has been unable to recover from such dismal state.

“It happened in England and it is happening in Australia. It s really a sad state of affairs. The sooner the team gets out of it, the better it is for the overall image of the game in the country,” Vengsarkar wrote.

Vengsarkar said he has always been suggesting on the job done by the TRDO (Talent Research Development Officer) system which was introduced a decade ago.

“It was discontinued five years later for unknown reasons. I am saying this because I was the chairman of the committee in which there were former cricketers, who had passion for the game. The committee did a splendid job in spotting talent at the junior level. We groomed the spotted players at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. It s hardly a wonder that we got a lot of players who are either currently playing for India or knocking on the doors of the national selectors.

That is no longer the scene. Our bench strength has become extremely poor and vulnerable. Ideally, the NCA should act as a supply line to Test cricket. Unfortunately, it is reduced to a rehabilitation centre. The injured players go there to get well. Sad, but true!”

The former selector suggested that the board should levy fine on the associations, which host first class matches on pitches that are not of international standard.

“The wickets need to improve and the BCCI must take it very seriously. Unless we improve the quality of our local cricket, like that of Australia s grade cricket, we can t think of competing abroad. Plain and simple!”

Last year, under the chairmanship of Vengsarkar, the cricket development committee of the BCCI, had suggested that there should be mass selection for the age-group boys all over the country and it should be watched by the representative of that zone along with the chairman and NCA coaches.

“A lot of players from remote areas of the country do not get either exposure or the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Nothing of the sort happened and the reason given was that the administrators were busy preparing for the World Cup. The committee was scrapped this year.

If the same sort of attitude of the people at the helm continues, we must not entertain thoughts of winning Tests abroad,” Vengsarkar concluded.