Australia in India 2008-09 October 10, 2008

Ganguly will get 'more than he asked for' - Vengsarkar

Cricinfo staff


Dilip Vengsarkar: "I won't answer him now as this is not the right time because India are in the middle of a Test series and it might affect the focus of the team" © AFP
 

Dilip Vengsarkar, the BCCI's former chairman of selectors, has said he will respond to Sourav Ganguly's criticism of his selection committee at the end of India's series against Australia and give him "more than what he asked for".

"I won't answer him now as this is not the right time because India are in the middle of a Test series [against Australia] and it might affect the focus of the team," Vengsarkar told PTI.

Ganguly had criticised the selectors saying if the new selection committee had been in place three years ago, today his situation would be different. "If there is a gun to your head all the time, how long can you bear this?" Ganguly told a Bengali daily. "I was tired of being humiliated again and again. I don't want to play cricket at the mercy of others."

Ganguly was dropped from the Indian squad in 2006 for the home series against England and the tour of West Indies but made his comeback during Vengsarkar's tenure that December on the South Africa tour. Ganguly said what hurt him more than being overlooked for India was the exclusion from the Irani Cup last month.

Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian captain, said Ganguly's outburst was understandable but untimely.