Nannes decries ageism in Cricket Australia's selection picks

Sydney, Dec.23 (ANI): Former Australian and Netherlands quick Dirk Nannes has urged the Australian cricket hierarchy to value experience and wisdom, and not to cite age as a valid reason for axing key players.

Currently turning out for Sydney Thunder in Cricket Australia's Big Bash League (BBL)Y Nannes urged the national selectors to abandon unfair selection policies that resulted in NSW and Australian opener Simon Katich being dropped from the system because he was considered too old.

Katich was dumped from the Australian Test team in June 2011 at 35 years of age, despite being the side's most prolific run scorer the previous summer.

More recently, NSW wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, 35, was overlooked for the current summer's Test campaigns for the younger Matthew Wade.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the matter concerned Nannes, 36, because he had mounted a case for selection in Australia's T20 team after unleashing lightning bolts for the Thunder. However, he feared that, as was the case with Katich and Haddin, youth could be favoured over experience.

He said that he was not favour of the selectors picking development players.

The biggest problem in a cricket team is trying to put an old head on young shoulders, Nannes said.

Nannes is one of the nation's most experienced T20 players. Apart from Australia, he has represented the Netherlands and played for 14 T20 teams in seven different countries. His international haul is 28 wickets at a shade over 16. (ANI)


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