West Zone Under-16 Cricket

There was a lot of indignation on Twitter and Facebook over the ‘privileged’ Arjun Tendulkar being picked over ‘auto-driver’s son’ Pranav. On inspection it emerged that that Arjun was picked for the U-16 West Zone squad for an inter-zonal tournament that had started from May 24 on Hubli and it will conclude next Monday on June 6. The squad, announced by Baroda Cricket Association secretary Snehal Parikh, was selected by the All India Junior Selection Committee last week on May 23rd. The meeting was presided by its chairman Rakesh Parikh and the selection committee comprises coaches Tushar Arothe, Shantanu Sugwekar, Samir Dighe and J Krishna Rao. But the indignation is misplaced since people are raising a question about Arjun being selected over Pranav in the India under-16 team, whereas the truth is it’s the West Zone squad. Furthermore, the West Zone’s u-16 team is picked from the MCA under-16 team, which Pranav wasn’t a part of. Arjun was a part of it and hence eligible for selection. Add to the mix the fact that Arjun Tendulkar is an all-rounder and would not have been competing with Pranav in any case.
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