Selectors stay on; resignation saga resolved

Selectors stay on; resignation saga resolved

Cricket: Ranji season begins in two weeks

The Syed Kirmani-chaired four-man committee, which had collectively tendered its resignation last month, agreed to withdraw the resignations, KSCA president Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar said in a press release.

“We wish to state that in view of the present senior state selectors agreeing to withdraw their resignations, the Managing Committee, after detailed deliberations during the meeting held on Sunday, October 18, unanimously decided that they shall continue to hold the said office,” the release read.

The selectors had resigned en masse following the appointment of a one-man committee by the association president to look into the selection of the State team which participated in the South Zone T20 tournament in Visakhapatnam.

After days of toing and froing, the Managing Committee and Kirmani’s team would now appear to have found a middle path, culminating in Monday’s developments which should pave the way for the process of picking the State side for the Ranji Trophy opener against Uttar Pradesh in Kanpur from November 3 to be hastened.

There was no mention in the press release of whether the selectors tendered an ‘apology’ too, as desired by the Managing Committee, whilst withdrawing their resignations and therefore being asked to continue in their posts.

With the Managing Committee deciding that Kirmani, PR Ashok Anand, Raghuram Bhat and R Ananth can hold the ‘said office’ of selectors following their decision to withdraw resignations, it can only be surmised in the absence of any official word that the Dr Krishnamurthy Committee instituted by Wadiyar to study the selection of the T20 team was satisfied with the explanations proffered by the selectors during its sitting.

Karnataka have failed to make an impact on the domestic scene in the last several years. While they have made the knockout stage, they haven’t seriously challenged for any of the major domestic titles. This latest episode is precisely what they could have done without at the start of another season of hope, but now that hopefully all that is history, the spotlight will be firmly trained on cricket, and only cricket.