Below is an extract take from an interview of Graeme Smith
Neil Manthorp: Are you concerned about the perception that domestic success isn’t always duly rewarded? Ryan McLaren, for example, was the leading wicket-taker last season but was not given any international recognition
Graeme Smith: It’s hard for selectors and coaches because they have to watch guys perform and get the results and then, in some cases, they can’t pick the player. But some very young guys are assuming they’re not going to be selected because of quotas and transformation, and that’s wrong. Look at Australia – most players make their international debuts at 27, 28 or even 30. Here, if you haven’t cracked selection by 22, 23 then it’s becoming fashionable to put it down to quotas and then move overseas.
I know Garnett Kruger says he wasn’t treated fairly but does he deserve to play ahead of Andre Nel, Dale Steyn, Makhaya Ntini, Morne Morkel and Charl Langeveldt? Is he better than them? Does he deserve a chance ahead of them? The reality is that there’s always going to be a queue in any country for guys to get the opportunity. Garnett got his opportunity in Australia, he played five or six games and he went for seven runs an over.
There are times that someone needs to throttle the coach, selectors or captain. Here Smith indicates his feelings about what happened with Garnett Kruger. He has conveniently left out the fact that Krugher was in the form of his life in the provincial 4 day setup, was selected to tour Australia, sat on the sidelines during the tests and then picked for the one day matches. There have been many selection errors made but this is oner that will stick in my mind for life.
You might find this odd however, after playing the same amount of games Kruger had picked up 27 wickets and the 2nd best Bowler at that stage had 12!!!!! Yes thats how prolific he was in the longer version of the game before departing for Australia only to be a bowling machine during the tests!!!!
Graeme you killing me with your way of justifying non-selection of players……
Read the rest of the interview here