Media speculates Lankan-style favouritism in Kings XI team selection
Apr 1, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Indian media has speculated the possibility of Sri Lankan style favouritism in picking players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab captained by Kumar Sangakkara. The team is coached by former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody and media had expressed surprise at not selecting best players on merit or form but going for favourites.
“Moody has an old association with Sanga and Mahela Jayawardene - together they took Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup - and the three are seen by many in the team as forming a coterie. The continuance of Jayawardene in the playing XI despite his poor form (102 runs in 7 games, at an average of 17) has raised eyebrows, especially because the player sitting out is Shaun Marsh, the top batsman of the 2008 season. Marsh got a game this week after Sanga was handed a one-match ban, and he top-scored with a 47-ball 57” stated an article in the Indian Express on Thursday.