In the near future, the explosive Zee News Sting Video on the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma might have a significant impact.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may offer the head selector the opportunity to defend himself, but after his “lose-talk” about athletes using “false fitness injections” and remarks against Virat Kohli and other elite Indian cricketers, his position has become “untenable.”
The BCCI is debating whether he would be permitted to attend the upcoming selection committee meeting before the roster for the third and fourth Tests against Australia is revealed. According to the news agency PTI, the senior officials of the BCCI aren’t believed to have been pleased that Chetan Sharma was caught in a sting operation. The event may, however, have a long-term effect on how the Indian squad and selectors are covered by the media.
After this sting, “no player or selector would be comfortable having a cordial relationship, even with well-meaning journalists,” according to a top BCCI source who spoke to PTI on the condition of anonymity. “The trust component has been eroded.”
The players no longer believed or respected Chetan Sharma, despite the fact that the majority of his assertions were dismissed as idle rumours and things that were widely recognised in the cricket community.
“Chetan Sharma used a little bit too much language. The top Indian athletes stay away from him. Have you ever overheard him speaking with Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, or Rahul Dravid in public during a practise? A second BCCI insider who was present claims that he would stand in a corner during the T20 World Cup in Australia and that nobody was interested in talking to him.
Chetan could be given the chance to defend himself, even though it’s uncertain if he would be permitted to sit opposite from Rohit Sharma or Hardik Pandya. The players’ desire to interact with him is more important than whether they would.
The second Test match between India and Australia will begin at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on February 17. The Men in Blue are now up 1-0 in the four-game series.