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Was it right to send Pathan back?

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December 26, 2006 11:23 IST
It is unprecedented in Indian cricket history -- a player being sent back in the middle of a tour, not because of injury but for loss of form.

When you consider that this same player started the year with a first over hat-trick in Multan against Pakistan, the magnitude of the slide -- and the seriousness of the move to send Irfan Pathan back to India to play at the domestic level -- is apparent.

Some say it is the right move; others say it could shatter the player's confidence.

What is your take? Could this opportunity, to work on his bowling away from the spotlight, be the making of Pathan? Or are we in danger of shattering the morale of a promising player? Tell us what you think.