Reacting to the complaints of some players that they are not been given enough chances in trial matches, selection committee chairman SP Qaiser on Wednesday said there would be no compromise on fitness and out of 80 players they have to select 14.
The selection trials for selecting J&K One Day team for upcoming Vijay Hazare trophy tournament are going on in Jammu from past one week. In the trials around 80 shortlisted players from all over J&K are participating. To prepare the team and select best available players, selectors opted to conduct trial matches and give each player at least two matches to impress. However, some of the players are now complaining that they are not been given enough chances to prove themselves.
Chairman selection committee, SP Qaiser refuted all the claims and said that they have to select 14 out of 80 players and everyone cannot be accommodated.
“Eight players were called for trials and among them we have to pick 14. We have to drop rest of the players and they are surely going to complain. To give all the players a chance to prove themselves they were given at least two trial matches. In those trials we don’t just look into runs and wickets taken but how the runs were scored and which wickets for how many runs were taken. It is not simple case of taking wickets and scoring runs which is taken into consideration while selecting players,” he said.
“There is one star player who played two matches. In first match he gave 65 runs in 7 over’s and took one wicket while as in the second match he bowled five overs giving away 50 runs. He then took wickets of those players who are not even in consideration for probables. His claim he performed well is not going to work,” he said.
“There is a player who played match and for next match he opted to stay in a hotel. He even didn’t bother to inform us or come on the ground. I have also noticed that while 22 players are playing in trial match rest of the players go into their hotel rooms. They are not serious towards their game. Instead of working in nets they opt to stay in hotel rooms. We are keeping eye on those things as well,” he said.
He said, “We lack sports culture which is taking toll on the performance at national level.”