Comic with Javed

2008-01-02__sp011.jpgFor the past one year Javed Omar Belim made the headlines for somehow convincing the selectors that he still fits in the one-day side of the Tigers albeit the general sentiment was that his style rather suited the longer version of the game most.
The selectors however took a dramatic U-turn on Monday when they decided to bring Javed back home from New Zealand along with three other players before the start of the two-match Test series. The whimsical decision of the selectors took everyone by surprise, firstly because of his exclusion from Test side and secondly for his inclusion in the just concluded one-day team where he played no part.
There was always controversy over one-day selection of the right-hander and it was no exception when he was included in the 15-member one-day squad for the three-match series that the Tigers lost 3-0. But nobody questioned about his place in the Test side.
If the selectors have a policy to try with new guys to find out a permanent opening pair then why they picked Javed for the one-day team and then brought him back without giving him any chance to prove himself during the tour? Isn’t it funny?
Chief selector Rafiqul Alam could have been the right man to explain the reason behind this comical decision but he is now touring with the Bangladesh Under-19 team in South Africa.
Selector Akram Khan however was available to comment on the issue over telephone and he said that they have just honoured the decision of new Australian coach Jamie Siddons.
“You have every right to raise the question about whether the decision was logical or not. But what I can say that we simply accepted it to honour our new coach who actually expressed his desire to try with the new pair on this tour,” explained Akram.
“But it is also true that we have to take a harsh decision if we want to find a permanent solution for the opening spot. We have taken a risky decision by keeping two uncapped openers for the Test series, but I think the batting of Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddiqui in the one-day series have prompted our coach to take this challenging decision,” he added.
Asked if the coach has become bigger than the selection panel itself, Akram defended Siddons.
“You know each and every coach always picks up one or two players at the beginning of their tenure and I think Jamie wanted to rely on Zunaed. And there is nothing wrong to respect the decision of a coach. But what we must ensure that we don’t show impatience to the new guys rather we have to keep faith in them,” he opined.
The former national skipper also defended their decision of selecting Javed Omar for the one-day squad.
“We were helpless to pick up Javed because of poor form of Shahriar Nafees. But Nafees returned to form latter and without any doubt he is always our first choice if the left-hander is in form,” Akram said.
But whatever the burly former national captain said Javed, who played 40 Tests and 59 one-day internationals, has certainly felt that he was harshly treated this time.


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