No influence on selectors over son’s inclusion, says Peter Pollock

Stuart Binny’s call-up to the Indian One-Day International side is not the first instance when a player’s father has made a tough call in a selection committee meeting. Former India all-rounder Roger Binny is part of the national selection committee and Binny junior knows that his performance will be under scrutiny even more. Exactly like Shaun Pollock’s were in South Africa in the mid-nineties.

cricketballs (1)South Africa’s former captain Shaun Pollock made his debut when his father, Peter Pollock was a chairman of the selectors.

“Shaun was being jokingly said (by the fellow selectors) that he was in the team because of his father’s influence”, said Peter Pollock. “No, there was no pressure on me and I could not leave the selection committee meeting because I was a convener of the selection panel and as a chairman it was my responsibility to maintain the balance of the team. Any wrong decision could have affected the team performance.

“Shaun’s selection was an automatic choice”, Peter added. “He was front runner for the team selection and we could not ignore him. Nobody had objected to his place and therefore there was no voting”.

It is not known what policy BCCI has in place in such situation, but Pollock did ask the South Africa’s cricket board whether he could step down but was denied any such move.

“What advice I can give to Binny? The situation may differ for different people. It is up to him to take a call and make sure he is happy with it”, Pollock concluded.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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