I won't be biased towards East Zone cricketers, says new selector Devang Gandhi

By: Sujata Sarkar
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Kolkata, Sep 23: Devang Gandhi who has been elected as one of the national selectors for the senior Indian cricket team on Wednesday (September 21), looked very specific in his philosophy.

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Probably for the first time in recent times a national selector from Bengal has clearly divulged his agenda. That is as a national selector, raising voice for the deserved candidate.

Devang Gandhi

And in this context, 45-year-old Devang, who has experience of playing along with present Indian coach Anil Kumble during his four-Test and 3-One Day International career, also informed, he would not be the man to raise voice only for the cricketers from Bengal in the selection committee meetings.

Devang, who has always been called one of the gentlemen cricketers, said, "First of all I feel truly honoured to have become one of the five national selectors. Secondly, I have been inspired and encouraged after a call from Sourav Ganguly immediately after I was appointed as the selector. Thirdly, whenever I will be sitting in the selection committee meeting I will try my best to push the deserved candidate into the national team. It will not be that as I am representing East zone in the selection committee biasness on the players from East Zone will work even if he has failed to perform in the domestic cricket."

The newly chosen selectors however were not invited to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) 500th Test in Kanpur, which began on Thursday.

In that case the new selectors will start their work from the Kolkata Test against New Zealand, scheduled to start from September 30.

Devang, expressing his desire, added, "I want to sit with coach (Kumble) and skipper Virat Kohli to know their plans. I am truly moved by Kohli’s dedication and commitment towards the game. At the same time, I have played with Kumble. So I also know he is extremely disciplined, committed and overall a brilliant team-man like the present captain. So, I do not feel as selectors we will have to face any difficulty while working with them."

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