Vijay Hazare Trophy: Salil Ankola justifies delaying selection | Cricket News

MUMBAI: The stand-off between the office-bearers of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) and the Lalchand Rajput-led Cricket Improvement Committee over the appointment of a new coach has prompted chief selector Salil Ankola to delay the selection of the team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Ankola, a former India fast bowler, told TOI on Monday: “I, or my committee, don’t want to work in a dictatorial manner. I want the new coach, whether it’s Amol Muzumdar or Ramesh Powar, both of whom I’ve huge respect for, to have a look at players during the practice sessions before we pick the squad.
“This is exactly why I’ve delayed the selection. In any case, we have a bit of time. The team will depart for Jaipur on the evening of February 12, or February 13. And the team won’t leave without a coach.”
Mumbai are placed in Group D along with Delhi, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Pondicherry for the league stage. The tournament gets underway on February 20.
Meanwhile, the senior selection committee’s decision to call the 40 probates for nets at the last minute on Monday has not gone down well with the players.
“At 11 am, we were told that there’s a practice session at 2 pm at the MCA ground in BKC, and all of us have to report for it. Is it fair, considering that some of us may be practicing somewhere, or would be busy with something else? When all 40 of us have already played selection matches at the same venue from February 4 to 6, what’s the need for these practice sessions? When will the team be picked? When will we practice as a team? These things are done in the off-season. We’ve to soon depart for Jaipur and join the bio-bubble,” said a player.
Defending the move to have these practice sessions, Ankola said: “I agree that there’ve been a few communication issues. Those who can’t come for practice today can turn up tomorrow. It’s a minor issue.”

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