Former Test cricketers on
Thursday slammed the national selectors for dropping the experienced Sourav
Ganguly from the Test squad, saying the country's most successful captain did
not deserve to be humiliated in such a manner.
A day after Ganguly was axed from the
team for the third Test against Sri Lanka, the cricket fraternity by and large
came out in support of the deposed captain and termed the decision of the
selectors as 'unfair and illogical'.
Former cricketer Mohinder Amarnath
said Ganguly should not have been humiliated in such a way and went to the
extent of calling for the introduction of a new selection format to ensure that
the panel functioned properly.
"You don't disgrace a senior
player like this. Things will change only with a smaller selection panel and no
honorary jobs. Selectors should be paid, so that eminent people take it
up," Amarnath said.
Former Test batsman and national coach
Sandeep Patil said he felt sorry for Ganguly as he himself had gone through
such an experience.
"It's a bold, while at the same
time, tough decision that has been taken by the selection committee. Like in
life you have to go forward in cricket too. I feel sorry for Sourav as I have
also gone through such an experence," Patil said.
"I don't know what exactly were
discussed at the meeting involving selectors, coach Greg Chappell and captain
Rahul Dravid," he said.