Virender Sehwag Comes Down Hard on Inefficient Selectors, State Associations
Virender Sehwag criticised selectors who bowed under pressure from 'people in power' in team selection, especially for age-group tournaments. The former India player added that top cricketers are not being allowed in selection panels for various motives
Former India player Virender Sehwag, who retired from international cricket on October 20, 2015, has lashed out at selectors who picked players under the influence of 'people in power' and at the inefficient running of state associations. (I Have Done What I Wanted To Do -- On The Field And In Life: Virender Sehwag)
Asked about his opinion on the way state associations are run, Sehwag, who recently shifted to Haryana from Delhi in domestic cricket, said: "It's not just Delhi. There are other associations which have problems. You need to change things at U-19 and U-16 level because that's the problem area. If you pick over-age players, it is a problem that needs to be identified. If you have a player whose name and stature is big, you won't have this problem," he told ESPNCricinfo.
Sehwag said that he cannot become a selector as that could be a 'conflict of interest' as he has opened a school where young cricketers would be groomed but would love to be part of a state association in other capacity.
"No, there is a conflict of interest. I have my Sehwag International School (in Haryana). So I cannot be a part of it. I cannot be a selector but if any association wants me to be a part of it, I would love to do that.
"There are other cricketers who have a reputation but they are not getting the opportunity to be a part of the selection panels. What is happening is that the guys in power introduce names to the selectors and the selectors then act according to these people's whims," he said. Sehwag, now 37, last played for India in 2013 after scoring 8586 runs in 104 Tests and 8273 runs in 251 ODIs.