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Dhoni's sacking was stopped by Srinivasan: Amarnath

Akshy Sridhar
2.57K   //    12 Dec 2012, 15:03 IST

Former BCCI selector Mohinder Amarnath told CNN-IBN that BCCI President N. Srinivasan overruled the sacking of Indian Captain MS Dhoni after India’s eight consecutive test losses in 2011-2012.

It is known that N. Srinivasan is the owner of the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, while MSD captains the team.

Amarnath said:

“All five selectors wanted Dhoni to be sacked after India were whitewashed in England and Australia, but BCCI president intervened to allow Dhoni to continue as captain.

“I considered resigning as selector after I was overruled. We decided to sack Dhoni and replace him with new ODI and Test captains.

“Selectors picked Virat Kohli as captain for the tri-series. Dhoni was dropped from the 17-man squad. Dhoni doesn’t deserve to be in the team on current performance. Dhoni is not good enough to play Test cricket for India.”

 When asked about Dhoni’s test replacement, he said: “No captain can survive after two whitewashes in overseas series. Replacement for Dhoni will only be known if someone gets a chance. Gambhir should replace Dhoni as captain of the Indian Test team.”

When he was asked about Sachin Tendulkar place in the test team, he said:”Sachin should leave the scene quickly, his reflexes have slowed.”

When IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla was asked about this, “I don’t think it’s appropriate for any former selector to make any such statements. This an unnecessary thing. Selectors are independent to take decisions. The board never mounts any pressure on them,” he said.

Kris Srikkanth, the former chairman of selectors, refused to comment on the issue saying, “I don’t want to comment. Everybody has the right to opinion. I would not like to reveal what happened at the selection committee meeting.”

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