Calcutta: “Too independent and a no-nonsense person...”
That’s the general assessment of Mohinder Amarnath, one of the heroes of India’s 1983 World Cup win, who got removed as a senior national selector after serving only one year.
Top sources of The Telegraph listed three reasons which almost surely contributed to Amarnath’s ouster...
1: That Amarnath wasn’t afraid to call for Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s removal as captain after the disaster in Australia. Dhoni, it may be noted, has the absolute backing of Board president Narayanswamy Srinivasan. The move, made at a selection committee meeting, was quickly shot down.
2: That the Goa-based Amarnath wasn’t seen in key matches staged in his zone, North. At least two of the affiliates were incensed and they worked overtime to oust him.
3: That Amarnath chose to gift a bat used by his late father, Lala, to Cricket Australia, instead of offering it to the Board, which plans to have a museum. Senior officials saw it as an insult.
It’s not clear whether Amarnath had a one-on-one with Srinivasan, but he must have known that a move was on to remove him.
Amarnath won’t be a loser financially as two major TV channels have been after him to come on board as an expert.
When it comes to analysing cricket, few in India are better than Amarnath.
Meanwhile, one understands that Amarnath’s colleagues for a year are “pretty upset” at the treatment meted out to “Jimmy.”
Srinivasan, for his part, refused to explain why such a senior former cricketer was humiliated in this manner.