MS Dhoni laments lack of say in team selection

MS Dhoni said he asks for certain players and when the squad is announced their names are missing Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 31, 2012

MS Dhoni is under pressure following India s 4-0 whitewash by Australia but the national team skipper had a larger issue that he wasn’t pleased about his limited say in the selection panel.

“I don’t have a say in selection. I ask for certain players, send it in writing to the selectors and when the squad is announced their names are missing,” said Dhoni was quoted saying in Hindustan Times.

Compare Board of Control Cricket in India’s (BCCI) methods with the revamped selection policy of Cricket Australia after the Argus Review which followed last year’s embarrassing Ashes loss in its own backyard. One of recommendations was to have both the captain and coach as part of a five-man selection panel.

Speaking of his own role in the selection panel, Australian captain Michael Clarke said, “I think it’s been good to be able to voice my opinion. Obviously, you’re only one of five votes. More than being a selector, it’s the communication with the selectors that I’ve really enjoyed.”

As Dhoni said, at present there is a complete communication breakdown between the selectors and the team, which is why a team that has lost eight straight away Tests hasn’t changed the batting order, much less the team.