The selectors are aware that they are in a no win situation. Some years ago former Indian pace bowler TA Sekhar, then on the selection committee, told me that he was well aware of what awaited him when he was nominated for the post.
''I knew there would be only criticism. So I just developed a thick hide and now the adverse comments don't really bother me,'' he said.
Selectors and thick skins have necessarily to go together.
These thoughts come to mind as the Indian team for the Test series against England has been picked. The problem facing the selectors on the face of it is a fairly pleasant for it is a problem of plenty.
The team is on top of the ICC rankings, the reserve strength is strong underlined by the ongoing series in the West Indies and there are a number of claimants for various positions.
But in a way it is this encouraging scenario that paves the way for imbalanced criticism. In Image:
India's batsman Yuvraj Singh (L) listens to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee chairman Krishnamachari Srikkanth during a team training session at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) grounds in Chennai on March 17, 2011.Another one bites the dust! | The game changes yet again