New Delhi: The removal of former India batsman Mohinder Amarnath from the national selection committee on Thursday has met with widespread disapproval by his former team-mates.
Speaking to Cricketnext, Amarnath’s 1983 World Cup-winning team-mate Madan Lal termed as "unfortunate" the BCCI’s decision to remove him as North Zone selector. "The news of Amarnath's ouster came as a shock to me. He was a great cricketer and a wonderful human being. He's a very forthright and fair man who possesses profound passion and understanding of the game. But sadly not many people appreciate candid people," said Madan Lal.
"I played 39 Test matches for India and served Delhi cricket for 20 years but the DDCA doesn't give a damn about me. I firmly believe that Amarnath should have completed his four-year term given him stature and transparency but I don't know on what grounds he has been turfed out. I feel sorry for him."
Former Bihar and Delhi batsman Hari Gidwani, who played alongside Amarnath in Delhi, was also puzzled by the BCCI’s decision. "I'm oblivious of reasons which led to Jimmy's ouster but having played with him for so long I could say that he was a composed and very likable fellow," he told Cricketnext. "He's the most gutsy cricketer I've seen in my life. I feel that given his stature, he should have been retained in the selection panel."
On Twitter, Amarnath's former India and Delhi captain Bishan Singh Bedi also expressed his sentiments about the issue. "Rubber stamp still prominent in Ind selection commtt-how else would U describe the ouster of Jimmy Amarnath-man of impeccable crkt stature. When'll BCCI rid itself zonal bias in selection process?primitive to think 60laks would make 'em responsible but not accountable-rabid thot!" he tweeted.