Clarke urged to quit as selector amid fears of 'eroding' fragile team culture

Sydney, Mar 22 : Australian captain Michael Clarke has reportedly been urged to immediately resign as a selector amid fears that his political power may lead to a dressing room backlash and wear away Australia's already fragile team culture.

Australian cricket personalities have warned that Clarke is risking widespread disenchantment by having formal input on the careers of players he leads into battle, following his involvement in the suspension of four players from the Mohali Test, including vice captain Shane Watson, reports.

Although Watson and Clarke have insisted that there is no rift in their relationship, the report said that it is one reason why many believe the skipper should distance himself from selection politics ahead of the Ashes.

According to former Test selector John Benaud, Clarke will be better off by not being in the selection panel, adding that although it is easy for coach Mickey Arthur, captains on selection panels have a difficult task on their hands.

Benaud further said that being a selector, Clarke risks losing his respect and affection among his teammates as he is part of the process that suspends or drops players.

Stating that Clarke is facing enough problems without having to worry about team selections, Benaud said that another problem facing Clarke is that he is presiding over a team where several players feel far from safe, adding that there is always going to be an undercurrent with players wondering if Clarke has speared them.

Agreeing with Benaud, former Test skipper Kim Hughes also said recently that he never felt comfortable being part of the process that could make or break his teammates' careers.

Clarke was handed selection responsibility following the Argus Report in 2011, but the recommendation threatens to put the skipper on a constant collision course with his teammates, the report added.

--ANI (Posted on 22-03-2013)

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