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BCCI deadbats Amarnath's comments

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 12, 2012

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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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Posted by ManharPatelGujrati 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by siddhartha87 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by AllInFairNess on (December 13, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Shafi79 on (December 13, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

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

Posted by SpeedCricketThrills on (December 13, 2012, 3:01 GMT)

It is not correct to blame Srinivasan for this mess. The blame should actually go to the people who have elected him as BCCI President. And like in politics, here too they will continue to elect him for another term. The deadbat, however, has been presented by Amarnath who has handled the hounding by media very well

Posted by Kashi0127 on (December 13, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

@Nish_US Would you believe a proven gutsy cricketer or a Indian politician of today?

Posted by TJAPUKAI on (December 13, 2012, 2:43 GMT)

No need to create poll and give embarassment to our great BCCI president.He himself knows that we all don't believe him.

Posted by SouthPaw on (December 13, 2012, 2:16 GMT)

Why did Amarnath take this long to make this "revelation"? Why didn't he come out in the open when it happened? Is it because he has been sacked now that he can make such allegations? Sure smells fishy...

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (December 13, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

"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." Similar words were used for Kalamadi. CricInfo, I agree you run a readers' poll on who we believe - Amarnath or Mr Fat Cat.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

AMARNATH True Legend. Chennai super king double dipping. Srinivasan and Srikunt will never fire Dhoni instead he is an accessory to get Abhinav Mukund and Muralui Vijay in Indian team

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 1:33 GMT)

There are times when meetings are very critical and such times as when the team is going through trying moments, any official in their capacity should not get overwhelmed and throw a gauntlet at any other official.

The moral of the story - do not point a finger at your neighbor as there are three more pointing back at you.

Posted by   on (December 13, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

Amarnath, Dhoni should be revealed from test captaincy and he should be given proper time to come back as test batsmen

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 21:47 GMT)

Nish. BCCI is a joke... I was reading another article that attracted 800+ comments: Zaheer, Yuvraj and Harbhajan dropped. A few failures & you are out (Harbhajan - I can understand but Zaheer & Yuvi - I cannot)... while there are others who consistently fail but will not budge... You hogged the limelight when you performed.. if you are not performing then please make way... talented youngsters are growing old just because you dont want to give up your seat.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

BCCI has to answer some of the question asked by numerous fans.. Why Dhoni is still in Captaincy despite heavy loss in foreign pitches and now in India .

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 18:31 GMT)

it's very simple Jimmy is telling the truth but people" CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH".

Posted by ak_gr8 on (December 12, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

I agree with @Nish_US , Cricinfo- I would kindly request to create a poll on this issue.We need good selectors.

Posted by Nampally on (December 12, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

@Nish_US: I am 100% with you. I believe Amarnath. However, I do not like Amarnath's untimely exposure of the issue on the eve of the crucial 4th Test. Srinivasan appears to have built his own Empire in which he is a "Mini Dictator". Mr.Srinivasn can be fired on the "Conflict of Interest" grounds as regards owning IPL franchise & owning IPL.Not only that, Clause 13 (a) (IV) should be scrapped because it takes the authority away from the Selection committee. I am sure this clause must have come during the British Raj when DeMello was involved. It is a beaurocratic MCC type of clause & makes a mockery of the Selection committee. Why do we need this committee when BCCI president makes the decisions with little or no Cricket knowledge. Mr. Srinivasan's recent interview shows how "Cricket illiterate" he is.

Posted by crindex on (December 12, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

I am happy to see BCCI stand up to these 'well timed' tirade against India's captain right before the test match. The fact BCCI does not bow to pressure from the media and those who feed the media frenzy is commendable. I believe in Srinivasan more than Amarnath for this simple reason that the timing of Amarnath's 'coming out' with truth is appalling . Why did he not go to press earlier? Amarnath's credibility is in question here.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 17:23 GMT)

The focus of BCCI currently lies only on IPL and that reflects on the current state of Indian Test Cricket. MSD need not worry, as long as Srinivasan is in BCCI, he will continue to be captain of all 3 formats

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

definitely bcci..cos amarnath could av spoken about it long tym bak but he didnt cos he was waitin for the indian team to hit a low,so that then he could find some sympathy from everywhere..shame on u amarnath!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

its money guys!!nd der comes the power!!! :P

Posted by achyuthsun on (December 12, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

@Nish_us. Anyday for Amarnath. IPL has totally degraded Indian cricket. No wonder why AC Muthiah fought against Srinivas holding both BCCI Chairman post and a IPL team.

Posted by Nirmal143 on (December 12, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

This is india anything can happen....In Nayak movie what Ambes Puri told thats is absolutely right. Kuch log chila the hai toh chilane do..Pehele chilayenge fir bhul jayenge....... I am quite sure if india will next matchthen everybody will forgot all the defeat..MS Dhoni will not deserve to get selected in indian team. But unfortunately he is the captain.. He is not having a single cricketing shot whatever he has played till yet..Captain should lead in front but he always coming down the order.....

Posted by rket on (December 12, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Mr. Srinivasn, please decide whether you want IPL Team or BCCI Presidency. Is not the conflict of interest having both posts? We have no brainers as administrators in Indian cricket.

Posted by r1m2 on (December 12, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Dhoni needs to go...he's now taking India to the worst position they've ever been in Cricket.

Posted by Rahulbose on (December 12, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

Sad part is that even Cricinfo when they interviewed Srinivasan did not ask him anything about the conflict of interest with owning an IPL side. Or whether he has interfered with selection.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

Yes cricinfo please create a poll, there is a need for change, this whole BCCI saga is never ending, too much power too much money and too much glamour. is taking the beauty away, cricket is not what it use to be.

"How can a franchise owner be a Chairman" ??

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Mohinder Amarnath.. is not Right... If he has something to say he should have made these comments much before not when things are wrong... When things going wrong everybody makes comments when things are fine then they will not say anything... This is the Major problem with people who are commenting ... He tells that selection committee does not have guts.. Then What happened to your Guts.. why did you wait this long... It is funny ... It happened before and it Happens in Future again nothing new... Especially in Indian Cricket...

Posted by Attru on (December 12, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

This is quite strange statement from Amarnath. Dhoni is a good captain and player in one dayers, but surprsingly Amarnath wanted to remove him as captain in a one day series (CB series) at that time. Cannot understand why. If at all he had to be removed, it should have been from the test captaincy after the 8-0 whitewash.

The situation now is that we want Dhoni to be removed from test captaincy, but the only likely candidate is Kohli. It would be odd for a youngster to be the test captain while a veteran is the one day captain. I dont think we have seen that scenario with any other team so far. Indian cricket in a fix!!!

Posted by sunny_us on (December 12, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

I am not sure what Mr Shukla means that this type of thing should not be discussed in public. The issue here looks like that all 5 selectors agreed to something which was overruled...why? This is one more reason why the selection process should be transparent and independent just not in words. Board President should have a recommendation but not the authority to overrule something. If you have made a process democratic then follow it. Wrong perception will not come out to anyone at that point.

Posted by pr3m on (December 12, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Why does Rajeev Shukla even get to say his piece? What has he contributed to the world of cricket to be fit to talk about what's appropriate and what's not? I get that he's a BCCI drone, but why even bother asking him about cricket? We all know his knowledge of the game did not get him the job he holds.

Wait, he's the IPL chairman now? So the IPL chairman is like the Indian team manager, they're playing it in circles.

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Selectors are independent in Australia not the Asian countries where the political satraps have them in a string. Now we know why amarnath was not selected....Srinivasan has a stake in Dhoni continuing as he leads his IPL team....hopefully another sport will find its way and challenge crickets hegemony

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (December 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Mr shukla, If selectors are independent, can you explain why their unanimous decision of sacking Dhoni didnt get implemented? Of course you will all support Dhoni...can't risk the deals of CSK for sure!

Posted by   on (December 12, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

amarnath is useless..how can he question dhoni..dude he gives us 2 worldcups..gambhir fails to score a test century since january,2010...how can he replace msd???its time to send gambhir out of the test team...rahane,vijay,mukund waiting...

Posted by Nish_US on (December 12, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

Who can fire the president of BCCI?

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

And retain your IPL team captain to remain as INDIA captain, even after the selection committee UNANIMOUSLY sacked him

Posted by Nish_US on (December 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

Who would you believe - Amarnath or Srinivasan?

Cricinfo - please create a poll.

Posted by correctcall on (December 12, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

" BCCI has full confidence in the Captain and the coach " is the kiss of death in most global sporting environments. Time to strap the parachutes on Duncan and Dhoni! It would be a laugh a minute except for the damage being done to cricket in general by the Indian circus. One benefit that could come is DRS for all - fingers crossed.

Posted by SanatAttavar on (December 12, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

It's no rocket science that the BCCI Chief would've overturned the decision simply cos' Dhoni has got him 2 IPL Trophy's and a Champion League's one as well. The selectors now look at their pay package rather than their deliverables at the job. All said and done, the captain is as good as the team. In a situation such as this the whole thing could've been diplomatically handled by the BCCI saying that even though the team has done badly and there being no obvious choices right away for the captain, we are looking at the larger picture & giving Dhoni an extended run but at the same time also wish to state that we'd be monitoring peroformances of him & a couple of seniors such as Zaheer, Yuvi & with regards to Sachin The BCCI Chief and the Chief of Selectors needed to sit down with him and ask his plans. If lets say Sachin wants to play another year then he should've been talked into giving up ODI format as there's nothing more he can achieve in it and allow him to walk into the sunset.

Posted by Joby_George on (December 12, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Dhonis time is UP. Let him continue for ODI and T20 but for test its time to find a replacement

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