Monday, February 12, 2007

Ramesh Powar, Mohammed Kaif and Suresh Raina Out of the Indian Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007

Ramesh Power has got out of the final Indina squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 though he has taken 18 wickets in the last 10 matches. This off spinner could not get chance in the squad as Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh has been selected as the spinner. On the other hand, Mohammed Kaif, a good middle order batsman and excellent fielder, has also been out from the final 15. Kaif is a bit unlucky that he even was not given a chance to prove himself. However, following the Kaif’s exclusion from the squad, the students of Allahabad University have showed their protest and burnt effigies of selector Dilip Vengsarkar. Besides Kaif and Power, Suresh Raina, an all rounder of UP has been got out of the squad.

NDTV reported:

Powar has taken 18 wickets in the last 10 ODIs he has played which is one less than Munaf Patel, the highest wicket taker, in as many ODIs.

However, he failed to find a place in the final 15 for the World Cup.

The Mumbai spinner lost out to more experienced colleagues, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh.

He may have been disappointed but could take heart from what the Chairman of selectors said.

"Powar was unlucky not to make it though he has got wickets," said Dilip Vengsarkar, Chairman, Selection Committee.

All rounder Mohammed Kaif's exclusion from the team also drew angry protests from the students of Allahabad University.

Students burnt effigies of Vengsarkar in Kanpur as well. Besides the UP skipper, his state team mate Suresh Raina was also overlooked for the World Cup.

I think Kaif was supposed to give a chance to show his performance as he is not a new face in the Indian team and he has nothing to prove his class which he showed earlier. What he needed to be proven was his current form but the selectors did not give him any chance.


Anonymous said...

It's really very "FRUSTRATING" to know that Kaif has not been selected. There are few players in the Indian Squad selected for World Cup who shouldnt have been Selected. It's Injustice done to Kaif!!!!!!!!!!!!