U-23 players allege nepotism, repetition of ‘flop’ players in One-day squad

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U-23 players have expressed disappointment over the selection of ‘blue-eyed’ and ‘flop’ players in the One-day squad.

After holding a trial camp, JKCA on Saturday announced the 16-member squad for upcoming U-23 One-day tournament which starts from February 13.

However, players alleged that selectors have yet again did injustice as they went with ‘undeserving’ players while kept the merited ones out.

“It happens over and again. Selectors choose the players who don’t deserve to be there while ruin the careers of deserving ones,” a player told KSW.

Players also questioned the trial set-up and role of trial matches in selecting the teams,

“What’s the fun of organising trial matches when they neglect the performers and select blue-eyed players,”

“Most of the players in the squad didn’t perform well in the trial matches,” another player said.

There are allegations about repetition of ‘flop’ players as well. Some of the faces in the squad had a disappointing outing in 4-dayers but been given numerous chances,

“They have failed consistently but still being selected. Is it that their flop performances impress JKCA? If they want to try the same group of players despite their failures, then what’s the fun of organising fake trials?,” players questioned.

Pertinently, highly rated players like Mohammad Tahir who was the star performer with the ball in the CK Nayudu Trophy also hasn’t made it to the final team, arising more questions over the transparency of the selection.

“If Tahir did well with the ball in CK Nayudu Trophy, why have they dropped him for One-day squad? It directly means that JKCA is no way interested in doing well in the national tourney’s,” a former JKCA official said.