New Delhi Disappointed parents have raised serious questions over the selection of Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun in the Mumbai under-14 squad with several inexplicable exclusions, according to a report published in the Times of India on Sunday.
Parents of many of the talented kids who missed out are up in arms over the issue, casting a shadow over the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) selection process. The report said that a triple centurion, four double centurions and nine hundred-makers in the Elite group have missed out, leading their parents' outrage.
Don Bosco (Matunga ) School's Bhupen Lalwani hit an unbeaten 398 off 277 balls against IES Modern School in the Giles Shield (Elite Division) but was not selected. "I definitely expected my son to be picked in the team," Lalwani's father told TOI. "But maybe, the selectors found somebody more deserving than him to represent Mumbai," he added sagely.
Parents are amazed to see Arjun's name on the squad sheet considering his best innings of 124 came last May during the trials. His next best is a 70.
Speaking to TOI on the issue, former India opener Praveen Amre said, "In my time, proper data was maintained in junior cricket and I was lucky to have a couple of former India players as selectors. Today, they are paid for doing the job too and are not just honorary officials. So they need to go to the maidan and watch matches."