Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Cook’s Twenty20 snub is man-management failure

From hero to zero might be pushing it a bit but Alastair Cook ought still to have been justifiably miffed.

Six weeks ago he was England's captain in a Twenty20 international and yesterday he failed to even make the provisional squad for the World Twenty20 tournament which is held in May.

If it was typical of the selectors' hard-nosed, no nonsense approach in their latest incarnation, it made little pragmatic sense. Indeed it was the sort of omission that can destabilise teams. The chap commanding the ship is now no longer wanted on the board. It is a crass piece of man-management.

Cook is the England captain on this tour of Bangladesh, leading the side in both the three one-day internationals — the second of which is tonight — and the two Test matches.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “There is a dramatic difference between 50 over and 20 over cricket.

“We didn't think Alastair was a 20 over player so he wasn't selected to prove us wrong.”

England provisional squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies ( April 30-May 16): P Collingwood (capt), J Anderson, I Bell, R Bopara, T Bresnan, S Broad, S Davies, J Denly, S Finn, C Kieswetter, M Lumb, S Mahmood, D Mascarenhas, E Morgan, G Onions, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, M Prior, A Rashid, O Shah, A Shahzad, R Sidebottom, G Swann, J Tredwell, P Trego, J Trott, D Wainwright, C Woakes, L Wright, M Yardy.