Ravi Shastri, the former India coach, believes that the coach and captain should have a say in squad selection. Shastri made his remarks after telling the Times of India that he never understood why MSK Prasad’s selection committee chose three wicket-keepers for India’s World Cup team. He went on to say that in the future, the team must be chosen with the captain and coach having a say in the process.
“I think it is extremely important for the coach and the captain to have a say in the team selection, officially going forward. It is very important especially if the coach is experienced enough. I was, Rahul (Dravid is), and the captain should also have a say,” Ravi Shastri said on a Star Sports show.
The squad came in second place at the World Cup, although it had its share of issues. One of the most notable was the absence of a permanent number four. With three wicket-keeper batsmen in Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, and MS Dhoni, India will find it difficult to put together a winning combination. This also meant that Ambati Rayudu, who had been groomed for the role in the build-up to the tournament, was dropped.
“I wasn’t okay with three wicketkeepers being picked for the World Cup. Either Ambati (Rayudu) or Shreyas (Iyer) could’ve come in. What was the logic in having MS Dhoni, Rishabh (Pant), and Dinesh (Karthik) altogether? But I never interfered with the selectors’ work, except when I was asked for feedback or as part of a general discussion.”
Sanjay Bangar, the batting instructor, also took the field. He stated that selectors have the authority to choose the team, but they must consult with the captain and coach first.
“When you are picking an Indian team I feel that the selectors have the final say but they are also always in discussion with the captain and the head coach. Whatever decisions are taken, they generally become a collective decision and not a decision of a single individual,” he said on Star Sports.