Sheldon Jackson Accuses Indian Selectors Of Being Biased In Picking India A Squad

By Dhanu Delphi on September 6, 2019

There is an unspoken decorum in India domestic and international cricket and that is to never speak out in public against the Indian selectors, the Indian captain or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Those who have defied this have later regretted it as they realized it was hard for them to buck the ‘system’ and fight a giant single handedly. Sheldon Jackson decided to try.

Has Saurashtra Been Overlooked On Purpose?

Sheldon Jackson decided to break status-quo, calling out the Indian selectors for being biased towards his home team of Saurashtra. The wicket-keeper batsman took to Twitter earlier this week to state his case. He asked why none of the Saurashtra players have been selected in the India A squad which was picked to play the 5 match unofficial ODI series against South Africa as well as the two four day matches against the Proteas.

In his tweets, Jackson admitted the fact he has been told not to question the better judgement of the selectors. However, he wanted to get answers to relevant questions. Jackson made valid points stating that Saurashtra has appeared in the Ranji Trophy final this year. As well as made it to three Ranji Trophy finals in the last 5 years. Yet none of their players have been selected.

Jackson has a point about the selection being strange. It is only logical to pick players who have helped their team make it to the Ranji Trophy finals. However, logic can often take a backseat in the selection process. Biased views often take precedence and causes players like the 32-year-old Jackson to be frustrated and discouraged.

Selectors Need To Be Transparent

A Rayudu who was part of the Indian ODI team before the World Cup was dumped suddenly and was provided no reason why. He got so frustrated with the selectors he decided to retire from international and domestic cricket. He unretired earlier this month.

While Rayudu was open in his disgust at the treatment dished out to him, Sheldon Jackson has been more respectful. He has smartly tweeted he is part of a beautiful organization and association which needs to communicate better with its players and be more transparent in their selection process.

Jackson played a key role in helping Saurashtra reach the Ranji Trophy final this year. He ended up on the losing side in a close match against Vidarbha who eventually went on to lift the trophy. He played 11 matches in the season and scored 854 runs at an average of 47.44. However, the selectors overlooked him and did not select him for the India A squad and also left him out of the Duleep Trophy.

Question To The Selectors

Jackson’s question to the selectors is whether scoring runs in the Ranji Trophy really matters? If it does, then why haven’t they recognized his contribution and given him more opportunity. If it does not matter, then why exactly are the teams playing the Ranji Trophy?

The BCCI hasn’t responded to any of the Tweets publicly. But, it’s very possible that someone might take Jackson aside and give him an earful for stepping out of line. However, given the fact that he hasn’t been selected for the Duleep Trophy and the India A side, the most that they can do to him is to continue to overlook him.

This isn’t the first time and won’t be the last time BCCI and selectors have been accused of being bias.