U-16 West Zone squad: Arjun Tendulkar selection over Pranav Dhanawade


Mumbai : Can  you still remember Pranav Dhanawade? The Kalyan boy who created a world record by scoring 1009* in an U-16 inter-school cricket match for KC Gandhi English School against Arya Gurukul School earlier on January 5. Soon after Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun was picked for the U-16 West Zone squad for the inter-zonal tournament, fans were left baffled as Pranav Dhanawade, who is the first cricketer to score over 1,000 runs in an innings, failed to make the cut.

The squad, announced by Baroda Cricket Association secretary Snehal Parikh, was selected by the All India Junior Selection Committee yesterday. The meeting was presided over by its chairman Rakesh Parikh and the selection committee comprises coaches Tushar Arothe, Shantanu Sugwekar, Samir Dighe and J Krishna Rao.Many fans were unhappy with exclusion of Dhanawade, who is the son of an auto-rickshaw driver.

Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary PV Shetty said it is difficult to pick Dhanawade right now. "I cannot say about the zonal selection but we cannot pick him in the Mumbai probables too unless he scores runs. We haven't heard about him after he scored those 1,000 runs. But we will definitely include him if he starts scoring consistently," said Shetty.