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Team management, selectors concerned about No 4 slot: Prasad

23 Oct 2017, 14:57 IST
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Mumbai, Oct 23 (PTI) Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad today conceded that the No 4 slot in the Indian batting order has been a "cause of concern" as none of the 11 players tried at that position post 2015 World Cup has shown consistency.

After India's semi-final loss against Australia in the 2015 ODI World Cup, the players, who have been tried at that slot are Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Manoj Tiwary, skipper Kohli and Dinesh Karthik.

"The team management and the selection committee -- all of us are definitely concerned about it. And that's the reason we are trying before a big event (World Cup 2019) comes up or before we finalise a final squad for a major event," Prasad told mediapersons today.

"Till then, we will try out different options, guys who are there are some of the guys, who are doing (well) at India A, we will keep trying options before we close on a particular squad," he added.

Prasad admitted that it was unfortunate that KL Rahul could not be accommodated in the ODI squad.

"The potential that Rahul has, it is unfortunate that we are not able to accommodate him. So we tried him at the number 4 slot...but basically we know that Rahul is an opener. Since Ajinkya Rahane has done well, it makes sense to continue with Rahane and bring in a specialist at No 4 spot," Prasad clarified.

Prasad said that contrary to rumours that team management (skipper Kohli and chief coach Ravi Shastri) is dominating the selection calls, it is his committee that takes the final call.

"With regards to our relationship with the team management, it has been cordial so far. There are speculations that the team management is dominating, which is not right. They are very much on advisory board and that's all. This selection committee takes the final call. We work in unsion," insisted Prasad.

Prasad agreed that workload is also a concern.

"Considering the workload and the international schedule that we have right now, we are definitely rotating the players, and it's too premature to say right now as to whom we are (resting) and if you see the pattern with which we are selecting," he concluded

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