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'We need better selectors' - Yuvraj Singh criticizes MSK Prasad-led panel
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'We need better selectors' - Yuvraj Singh criticizes MSK Prasad-led panel

Yuvraj Singh believes the present India selection committee lacks the "thinking in terms of modern-day cricket" and thus requires a revamp.

Yuvraj has joined the growing list of former India cricketers, who have lashed out at the selection panel for their constant reshuffling of the national side's squad.

81-year-old Farokh Engineer had caused controversy earlier this week while criticizing the MSK Prasad-led committee, asking for the appointment of someone like Dilip Vengsarkar in his place.

"We do need better selectors, for sure. The selectors’ job is not easy. Whenever they select 15 players, there will be talks that what will happen to the other 15. It’s a difficult job but their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. It's my opinion," Yuvraj was quoted as saying by PTI.

The southpaw, who bowed out of international cricket in June, complained about the selectors' casual attitude regarding discarding players.

Yuvraj requested for more patience in relation to out-of-favour cricketers so they are motivated enough to navigate through a slump in form.

"I am always in favour of protecting the players and being positive about them. By talking negatively about your players and team doesn't show you in true light. The character only shows when things are going wrong and you motivate the players. In bad times, everyone talks bad. We definitely need better selectors."

The 37-year-old has previously had his issues with the selectors, blaming them for his exclusion from the side despite having cleared the fitness test in time.

Yuvraj last made an international appearance in 2017 and called time on his career with India in order to participate in franchise-based leagues overseas.

He will be in action in the forthcoming Abu Dhabi T10 League where he will represent Maratha Arabians.

'You cannot produce players by giving them just three innings'

Yuvraj spoke at length at the need for giving youngsters ample opportunities to find their feet on the international stage.

He cited the example of all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who has been missing from the India line-up since the World Cup, and took another jibe at the five-member committee.

"In between, there was your Vijay Shankar, now he has vanished. You play him and then remove him. How can you make players this way?

"You cannot produce players by giving them just three of four innings, you have to give somebody a longer run," he added.

Yuvraj, the hero of India's 2011 World Cup-winning campaign, also discussed the plight of Rishabh Pant in detail but insisted it was too soon to drop him.

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"I won’t say he (Pant) is confused. He is a bit not sure whether to hit the ball or rotate the strike. Last night he was batting run a ball and got out. The good thing to see was he was taking a bit of time. He is the kind of guy, who can go straightaway go after the bowling.

"He has only played 8-10 ODIs, so you got to give that guy a bit of time. You’ve to back your guys and say: ‘ok, we’ve got to give this guy six months or a year to get better and try and play him as much as you can wherever you think he fits well and play."

He dubbed the selectors' call to replace Pant with comeback wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha in the South Africa Tests as a 'bad decision' urging for more time to groom the players.