Impossible for one selector to influence committee’s decision – MSK on Rayudu’s charge

After declining to react to Ambati Rayudu claims, MSK Prasad said a national selection committee meeting is not the place for personal prejudices. The former India head selector responded to Rayudu’s statement that Prasad loathed him and left him off the team for the World Cup.

Personal bias cannot in any way influence the way the national squad is chosen. A single selector’s alleged or perceived bias can’t alter the outcome of the selection process as there are five more consumers. Rayudu said that while Rayudu was a part of the Andhra team, Prasad had secrets against him. Prasad argued that the entire team took every selection or omission decision. In addition to the IPL, Rayudu declared his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Prasad declined to speak on what occurred at the 2019 selection meeting, stating it would be unethical of him to reveal the conversations. Devang Gandhi, Gagan Khoda, Sarandeep Singh, and Jatin Paranjpe form the committee’s ultimate panel. The group includes the captain, Virat Kohli.

Rayudu reports that Vijay Shankar, an all-around player, got the nod when the team needed a No. 4 hitter. A No. 4 batsman needed to be for the team. Instead of fulfilling that need, they chose an all-arounder, which prevented them from achieving their objective. It would have made sense if they chose a skilled batsman like Rahane (Ajinkya). In a recent wild attack on Prasad, Rayudu claimed that they expected him to both score runs and block one end, depending on the situation.

Rayudu supposedly had to live with Prasad after moving from Hyderabad to Andhra. Because of an issue he had with Shivlal Yadav, the HCA’s then-president. Prasad was not the root of my issues, yet I didn’t like the way he looked. I had to go back to Hyderabad as a result.

During the 2005–06 season, Rayudu (37), who played for Andhra under Prasad, represented India in 55 ODIs and six T20Is.

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