IPL Continues To Remain Out Of Bounds For National Selectors: Sometimes it appears the Board of Control for Cricket in India is confusing about how to handle the Indian Premier League.
IPL Continues To Remain Out Of Bounds For National Selectors
Not sure whether to treat it like its son, or a distant cousin who happens to be loaded.
In commercial matters, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is entirely switched on and takes ownership of the Indian Premier League.
But on issues of policy making and governance, the Board of Control for Cricket in India chooses to keep an arm’s length.
According to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s constitution, the Indian Premier League is a ‘sub’ committee which is managing by its Governing Council.
But the Governing Council is nominating/controlling by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and ultimately everything in the Indian Premier League is subject to the Working Committee and the AGM which are the highest decision-making bodies.
Confusing and muddled? Yes, but there is more.
Franchises who participate in the Indian Premier League are not stakeholders in the real sense.
Teams are privately owning because the Indian Premier League sold this asset the team for a price and granting owners the right to operate the unit in perpetuity.
But, unlike genuine stakeholders elsewhere, franchise team owners have zero say in the Indian Premier League management or governance.
They are not representing on the Governing Council, excluding from all decision making and not kept in the loop on important issues.
Without direct access to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, communication lines are clogging, and teams find out about developments impacting them only from media reports.
For the team owners, constructive involvement or participation in running the league is a faraway hope.
What comes their way, at present is the odd crumb unstructured consultation, a brief feedback meeting or the occasional workshop.
If the Board of Control for Cricket in India deals strangely with team owners, the treatment meted out to its selection committee is no different.
While the Indian Premier League plays out in 60 matches across India, the MSK Prasad-let national selection committee gives the tournament a total miss and is not present at events.
National selectors follow India’s premier domestic tournament, and the most competitive cricket league in the world, on television over dinner like you and me.
This Indian Premier League snub to India’s national selectors is bizarre. The norm is selectors turning up at all domestic cricket, including the T20 Mushtaq Ali tournament, and accompany Asides on the overseas tours.
So, why not watch India’s young talent to judge their potential, technique and temperament in a high-pressure live situation?
Reasons for skipping Indian Premier League are unclear, but this has been the practice since the league started.
For some reason, Indian Premier League continues to remain out of bounds for national selectors.
It is argued, correctly, that Indian Premier League franchise teams are selecting not by India selectors but by owners and their relatives who are assisting by the professionally-appointed coaching staff.
Even so, national selectors, if present at the ground, would get a better understanding of a player’s ability.
The irony is selectors, though absent, give Indian Premier League performances due consideration when picking players for India.
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat, Manish Pandey and others attracting attention through the impressive Indian Premier League performances.
Selectors track Indian Premier League for picking zonal teams, short-listing names for building India’s bench strength and making recommendations for annual retainer contracts.
So, these are the points to describe on the Indian Premier League continues to remain out of bounds for national selectors.
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