The role gives me an opportunity to serve Indian cricket: Amarnath

Former Indian all-rounder Mohinder Amarnath said his priority will be to select the best team for India ignoring regional preferences AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Kolkata: Sep 20, 2011

Mohinder Amarnath has now become North Zone s selector in the latest shuffle that took place in the BCCI Annual General Meeting on Monday, replacing his 1983 World Cup winning colleague Yashpal Sharma. Amarnath, one of India s gutsiest cricketers, was never a big fan of the selection committees. He once famously called the selectors ‘a bunch of jokers .

Speaking to Indian Express, he gave his reasons for joining the same panel that he used to criticise, “I have never looked back in my life. More than two decades have passed since I called that selection panel (led by the late Raj Singh Dungarpur) a bunch of jokers. Things have changed. Life s all about looking forward, so I accepted the offer.”

“The role gives me an opportunity to serve Indian cricket. Otherwise, I wouldn t have accepted the offer. Cricket has given me a lot and I am keen to serve the game and the country in any capacity. With the appointment comes responsibility. Now it s all about living up to the challenge and doing the duties properly.”

When questioned on the regional biases that selection panels of the past have been accused of, he said, “As far as I am concerned, India will always be the only priority, even though I will be operating from North Zone. I believe once you are selected to serve a national panel, then regional considerations take a backseat. It s about selecting the best team for India and I assure everyone that I will always do that.”

He was of the opinion that giving importance to one format over the other isn t the right way to go forward, though he conceded that Test cricket is the pinnacle of the game and that if one is a good Test player, then he is good enough for all formats of the game.

He was also upbeat on the future of Indian cricket despite the recent drubbing in England, “I believe we have enough quality. We have had some wonderful results in the past few years and a good team can t become horribly bad overnight. There s no point pondering too much about the performance in England. Injury was a factor. Also, England played some terrific cricket in home conditions. We should learn from our mistakes and if we do that, Indian cricket will be stronger. Our job will be to set up a road map for the future. I strongly believe that the team has enough character to bounce back well.”