Mir Jaweed Ali could have been a picture of shock and dismay on Thursday. Despite his stunning form this season, his name did not figure in the Hyderabad under-19 team for the South Zone one-day matches to be held in Bangalore later this month. Jaweed Ali has scored six centuries for Cambridge CC in seven A-Division league matches this season - 123, 173, 101, 118, 109 and 113.
The shake up in the administrative set up of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), but the indifference towards the real performers in picking them up for the State teams still continues. “We will see how this player (referring to someone) is picked up for the State,” is the audacious statement of some of those involved in the selection process.
When the visibly disturbed Cambridge officials took up the issue of Jaweed Ali with the senior HCA officials, the response was even more baffling. “We were told that they have separate plans for him. We can’t understand this logic. If they don’t select him for the under-19 team, will they make him play for Ranji Trophy?” questions the team official. He did not want to be identified for the fear of the player being victimised further.
Interestingly by Thursday evening, the HCA bosses included Jaweed Ali in the list of 30 probable for the under-19 tournaments.
It is a proven case that HCA selections, especially in the age group, often defied logic. If they want to promote some as is the case with some ‘automatic’ choices because of their influential parents in the association, police and bureaucracy despite only the odd five-wicket haul or a couple of half-centuries.
There are many who suffer Jaweed Ali’s fate despite the junior selection panel headed by former Ranji cricketer Jyothi Prasad, who has unquestionable credentials. The panel also includes members, who were themselves victims of such flimsy selection process, during their Ranji days.
One of the performers, Mir Jaweed Ali’s name did not figure in the Hyderabad U-19 team for the South Zone one-day matches