MSK Prasad: 'Number of matches played not important'

Former India stumper M.S.K. Prasad, who was appointed as the chief selector of the National Senior Selection Committee of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday said that the number of matches played for the country was not important to do justice to the coveted post but what was required was a keen eye to spot talent.

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MSK Prasad said honesty and impartiality is what's required to be a good selector.   -  Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar

Former India stumper M.S.K. Prasad, who was appointed as the chief selector of the National Senior Selection Committee of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday said that the number of matches played for the country was not important to do justice to the coveted post but what was required was a keen eye to spot talent.

“There is murmur about less number of matches I played at the top level for the country. I proved many wrong in my one year stint as a member of the illustrious panel. What is required is honesty and impartiality,” he pointed out.

Speaking to The Hindu from Australia, Prasad said he was expressing his views passionately to the seniors during his one-year stint as member of the panel. “The future of several talented cricketers is the hands of the committee and we (the panel) have a very important task to do”.

“Several administrators like late Raj Singh Dungarpur did not play many matches for the country but he did a yeoman service to the Indian cricket. Coaches like Ramakanth Achrekar, Eddie Aibera, Tarapore, Baig and Sampath did not play at the top but had a sharp eye to identify talent and produce world class players,” Prasad said.

He said his first priority was the 13 Tests which India plays against teams like New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia. “Our aim is to emerge as No. 1 Test nation. We are playing all the matches at home”.

He also said the panel will be concentrating on the 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup for One-Day Internationals.