Dissection of an email - Last minute changes..

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A number of times during the tri-series the tour selectors had chosen a team and announced it to the group only for Sourav to change his mind on the morning of the game and want to change the team. On at least one occasion he did change the team and on the morning of the final I had to talk him out of making another last-minute change that I believe would have destroyed team morale and damaged the mental state of the individuals concerned.

The super-sub selection in the later stages of the triseries was pretty dubious. (Funny that Raina did not get a single game). Telegraph (LP Sahi) always gets the correct team composition in its on-the-eve-of-the-match report and even they got it wrong on a couple of occasions during the triseries (that is a clear indicator that the team got changed on the morning of the match). I would really love to know what that "morning of the final" change that Saurav was talked out of (supersub change?).

I dont have anything against a last minute change done by the captain as long as there is a very good reason for it and the tour selectors agree with it. Unless the weather changes drastically or the pitch changes colour overnight or some key player wakes up sore (bad hangover), there shouldn't really be a need to do that. If there is a real "need", the captain should have the right to make an "executive decision" and the right to follow his gut feeling. If he does it with out a need, questions are bound to be asked and the captain shouldn't complain about being taken to task. None of the matches during the triseries warranted a last minute change and Ganguly would have to justify his decisions.

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