Chairman of selectors and former India wicket keeper M S K Prasad backed the Board of Control for Cricket in India for introduction of neutral venues in the domestic cricket after opposing it by some senior players during the latest season of Ranji Trophy.
India opener Abhinav Mukund and domestic veteran Rajat Bhatia had criticized the Indian cricket board’s concept of neutral venues in domestic cricket but Prasad is not agreeing with them on the subject.
Former Indian wicket-keeper was one of the spectators of the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final between Jharkhand and Vidarbha here. During the game, Prasad told PTI, “I am all for it as it challenges the players to the limit. Anyone can play and win at home but with the neutral venues, including the ones in remote areas of the country, you have to get out of your comfort zone and perform.”
There were many players, who were complaining about scheduling issues but Mr. Prasad does not agree that people won’t come to watch matches at neutral venues.
Prasad further added, “I don’t agree that people won’t come to watch games at neutral venues. The average Indian cricket fan will travel any distance to watch his or her favorite player in action. There was a lot of crowd in attendance during the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali in Mumbai. So, I feel it is a very good move though I am sure there is room for improvement as far its implementation is concerned.”
Prasad also said that he is satisfied with the bench strength the side possesses in all departments. MSK added about the Karnataka batsman Karun Nair, who scored a triple ton against England in his first Test.
He added, “A classic example of that would be Karun Nair. He got the opportunity and made it count instantly. There is competition for almost every spot in the playing eleven and that can only be good for the Indian team.”
There are two players Jayant Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav, who have recently got into the Indian Test team with the help of their brilliant performance in the domestic circuit but Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, who has not been considered for the national team despite being the highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy for the past two seasons. When asked about that, Prasad responded, “As of now Jaddu (Jadeja) is bowling well but yes he (Nadeem) can be considered in future.”