• U19 World Cup 2018: Junior selectors felt ill-treated on being denied any payouts

    Selectors always want to put the right step forward in selecting a team that is well balanced and possesses the ability to exploit any foreign conditions.

    Venkatesh Prasad
    Venkatesh Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

    In what turned out to be a successful campaign for the Indians in the recently concluded U19 World Cup that was held in New Zealand, saw an all-round dominant performance from the junior Men in Blue to help their way to lift the trophy. It was a triumph under the guidance of Rahul Dravid and his support staff, who gave the fans everything to cheer. After being crowned champions of the coveted title, BCCI announced some cash rewards for each member of the team including the support staff.

    Despite of some happy faces in the Indian camp, there are some who felt ill-treated even after the gesture shown by the Board for the members concerned. A cash reward of 50 lakhs (INR) for Rahul Dravid, 30 lakhs (INR) each for every player and a sum of 20 lakhs (INR) each for the support staff members was announced by the board.

    The men who mattered

    As per the reports on Sportskeeda, it was known that the three-member junior selection committee headed by former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad was not awarded with any awards or pay-outs as earlier promised by the BCCI. The highlighting reason for this conflict was seen as a spat between Venkatesh Prasad and Amitabh Choudhary, who is the convener of the selectors and being from Jharkhand wanted to see a local lad from the state, Anukul Roy in the squad to New Zealand but the committee and the coach Rahul Dravid were keen to go with Rahul Chahar, a young leg-spinner from Rajasthan. Playing an important part in the team’s successful campaign in the World Cup, selectors weren’t too happy the way things panned out.

    Chahar was a good prospect

    Selectors always want to put the right step forward in selecting a team that is well balanced and possesses the ability to exploit any foreign conditions. In a similar way, the committee wanted the young Chahar to board the flight to New Zealand considering the recent form in the domestic circuit but was unfortunate to miss the World Cup as power showed precedence over talent.

    To an extent, the confidence shown by the selectors and the head coach on the young spinner was justified as this was evident when Mumbai Indians in the recently held IPL Auctions went all guns blazing to recruit the young lad in their team even if it meant 1.9 crores (INR) from their kitty.