BCCI flies in face of facts, says Team India selectors 'independent'

Dec 12 2012, 14:33 IST
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SummaryPushed on backfoot, BCCI looks to salvage pride, says Amarnath should have kept mum.

The BCCI today refuted former selector Mohinder Amarnath's accusation that Board President N Srinivasan had blocked a move to sack under-fire skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insisting that the selectors are "independent".

Amarnath had created a flutter by openly admitting that "certain internal reason" stopped the selection committee from replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Indian captain after eight successive Test defeats in England and Australia.

But BCCI vice-President and Indian Premier League Chairman Rajeev Shukla rebutted the allegations.

"I will not go into what he has said. I don't think this has ever happened. I don't think it is appropriate to give statements like this," Shukla told reporters here.

"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," he said.

"Selectors are independent. They are not under any pressure," he asserted.

Mohinder Amarnath, while making the allegation, did not divulge the exact reasons for not sacking Dhoni despite India's Test humiliation which has continued at home as well in the ongoing series against England, but subsequently a report in The Indian Express clarified matters.

As it transpired, three of Indias national selectors had lost faith in Dhonis ability to lead the Test team and had insisted on him being sacked during a meeting in Chennai in January when India was 0-3 down during the Test series in Australia.

However, BCCI president N Srinivasan nipped the move in the bud. This particular meeting of the previous committee headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth was convened to select the ODI team for the CB series in Australia, but the roadmap of the Test team was also discussed.

Mohinder Amarnath, the North Zone selector, led the move to remove Dhoni as Test skipper and he was backed by Central Zones Narendra Hirwani and East Zones Raja Venkat, a selector who was part of that particular meeting told The Indian Express on Tuesday.

However, the trio didnt have the support of chairman Srikkanth and West Zone selector Surendra Bhave, the selector added.

"Definitely, there were discussions to replace Dhoni and people were agreeing to do so but for some internal reason, it didn't happen. I will not like to divulge what were the reasons. But when the time is right, I will let the people of this country know about the reasons," Amarnath, the hero

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