India news December 12, 2012

BCCI deadbats Amarnath's comments

ESPNcricinfo staff

The BCCI has chosen not to respond to the comments made by former selector Mohinder Amarnath in which he said that MS Dhoni's sacking from the captaincy role after the tour of Australia was blocked by the BCCI president.

"We don't wish to respond to these allegations at this point when the team is due to play a Test," Sanjay Jagdale, the BCCI secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. "But I want to say that the BCCI has full confidence in the captain and the coach and we are fully supportive of the team. "

According to Amarnath, the selectors wanted to appoint a young captain after India's Test losses in Australia, but N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, intervened to overrule the selector's decision. There was massive speculation that Amarnath's disagreements with the board were the reason his term as a selector ended abruptly when he was actually expected to be the new chairman of the selectors.

However, Rajeev Shukla, the IPL chairman, denied any such events happened. "I will not go into what he [Amarnath] has said," Shukla said. "I don't think it is appropriate to give statements like this. Whatever one has to say, one can say while participating in the [selection] meeting. Making comments about it, I think, it is not appropriate as it creates some kind of perception in the minds of players and fans. Selectors are independent. They are not under any pressure."

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  • MANHAR on December 14, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    If Mr. Shrinivas 's word if final in selection process than why pay 12.5 million rupees to five selectors? Sport ministry please fix BCCI.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 23:25 GMT

    "How can you own an IPL franchise and be the president of BCCI at the same time?"

    The BCCI is a private organization, it can do whatever it wants.

  • siddhartha on December 13, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Good one Nish_US.Now Jadeja gets into the team,Rahane still playing Ranji.Rahane should join CSK to play tests.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    I think BCCI do not know the concept of "CONFLICT OF INTEREST". In addition to this, I too would request Cricinfo (if they are independent and cannot be intervened by BCCI) to organize a poll.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    Lol, supportive? .. Dhoni was the only Indian captain who got support from BCCI (Better say Srinivasan, the BCCI Chief).. Captains like Kapil Dev, Ganguly, Dravid never got such supports.. So, why this double standard BCCI? .. Under this man, Dhoni, India whitewashed in AUS and ENG.. Tell me some contribution of Dhoni? .. He is there just because of Srinivasan.. Dhoni is his employee

  • Ravichandran on December 13, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    @Nish_US how can Sharad Pawar be Sugar Baron as well as Agriculture Minister?

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Why BCCI President has given an exception, be an owner of IPL team?No need to think about this, Amarnath, once famously called, the selectors' the Bunch of Jokers', it meant everything. We will never learn, favourism, regionalism, now IPLism

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Do we need to create a poll, everyone knows the truth.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 3:22 GMT

    The clearly proves the conflict of interest of Srinivasan. And Mr Rajeev Shukla, when one is booted out from the committee for being independent and speaking his mind then he has the right to say these things publicly.

    You just wish you could have whispered in the ears of the media-men at Amarnath's press conference to 'adjourn' it like you did in Rajya Sabha and no action was taken against you.

  • Shafraz on December 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    @Nish - i guess the BCCI has not heard of the term "conflict of interest" :)

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