First twin-brothers as national selectors?

Bipin Dani
Observer Correspondent

Mumbai—Steve Waugh’s wish, if fulfilled, will not be the first pair of brothers (but certainly the first twin brothers) selecting the national side for Australia, according to his friend Geoff Armstrong, who is the editor of Steve’s many books, and a statistician.
The former Australian captain Steve Waugh has shown interest to replace the chief selector Rod Marsh, who is not seeking the renewal of his contract, which gets over in June next year.
Mark Waugh (the twin-brother of Steve) is the present selector along with Trevor Hohns and Head Coach Darren Lehmann.
“The Chappell brothers-Ian and Greg Chappell- were selectors on tours (for example, the 1975 England tour), in the days when the selectors on tour were the captain, vice-captain and a senior player”, Armstrong, speaking exclusively from Australia said.
Interestingly, Steve Waugh’s 16-year-old son, Austin has been playing in Under-17 team in Australia and if he continues to do well a situation may arise when the “immediate family member” has to be included in the national side when both Waugh brothers are on the National Selection Panel.
“I’m fairly sure Walter Hadlee would have been a selector of New Zealand teams featuring his sons and that Peter Pollock picked his son Shaun in South African Test teams”, Armstrong says.
“Graeme Pollock was also a selector but I don’t know whether he and Peter were ever selectors at the same time. And I think Micky Stewart was a selector when his son Alec played for England”.
Akram Khan was a selector in Bangladesh when his nephews Nafees Iqbal and Tamim Iqbal were/are playing in Bangladesh.
But then Roger Binny had to quit the post (conflict of interest) when his son Stuart Binny is representing the country in India.
“I do know that Johnny Douglas, a future England cricket captain, did win the middleweight boxing gold medal at the 1908 in controversial circumstances. The referee and judge of the gold medal bout was his father”, Steve Waugh’s friend, however, concluded.

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