Role of selector a new challenge for Mohinder Amarnath: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar felt lack of bench strength was the major reason for India’s disastrous of England AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Sep 22, 2011

Former chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar called the appointment of Mohinder Amarnath as selector an interesting choice and is eagerly waiting to see how Jimmy copes with the new challenge.

“Jimmy is a respected name and an experienced cricketer but the point is that he has never been a selector even for his zone. So in that sense, he will be in a completely new role,” Vengsarkar told MiD DAY on Wednesday.

“You cannot have any doubt on his (Amarnath’s) cricketing abilities. The only thing that will be interesting to see is how he adapts to the new role he’s been given,” he added.

“The principal criteria to be a selector is to have vision and finesse in spotting talent by watching the domestic games; to be enable to groom them to take the baton from their predecessors is also an important role the selectors have to play,” the former India captain said.

Vengsarkar felt lack of bench strength was the major reason for India s disastrous tour of England. “After a few casualties, our bench strength looked ordinary. They simply couldn’t live up to the expectations, and as a result of which we had a disastrous tour there.

“They were found wanting when it came to planning and preparing for a tough tour. The replacements they named also defied logic though I agree that nobody can be ready for so many injuries. So, I wish Mohinder luck,” he concluded.