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Katich 'unfathomable' dumping by CA reeks of "blatant ageism": McGain

June 16, 2011 - Melbourne

Former Australian leg-spinner Bryce McGain has described Cricket Australia (CA)'s decision to dump opening batsman Simon Katich from the latest list of 25 contracted players as "unfathomable", and the current selection processes "astonishing".

McGain also supported Katich's statement of "blatant ageism" filtering through the ranks of Australian cricket.

"The Australian cricket team is simply about playing the best players who are in form and for Simon Katich not to be acknowledged in the best 25 cricketers in our nation is unfathomable," McGain wrote in an article for The Drum.

"There are two things that I find astonishing with regards to the axeing of Katich from the contracted players list: the organization's level of professionalism and its blatant ageism. The rotation of spinners is another example of the panel's uncertainty," he added.

Katich had earlier said at a news conference that he had a "massive feeling" age had been the reason for his axing.

"Look, obviously that's never going to be mentioned because of the legalities of it all," Katich had said.


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