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BCCI President and selectors

In January 2012 Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at the end of 2013 he would decide which format of the game he would retain as the captain. The question arose if he decides what to retain what are the selectors for? Sachin Tendulkar talked about he deciding when to quit. The impression was that selectors choose players and when a player talks about his choice as to when he retires why the selectors do not drop him?
Mohinder Amarnath on 12/12/2012 was on TV channels and talked of overruling of selectors by BCCI President. When India were 0-3 in Tests in Australia the selectors unanimously wanted to drop Dhoni as captain. Mohinder Amarnath wanted Virender Sehwag as Test captain and Virat Kohli was ODI captain. He said it was a unanimous decision. The decision was overruled by BCCI President N. Srinivasan. He was told that according to BCCI constitution the BCCI President has to approve the team. He was shown the clause. According to a newspaper report Mohinder Amarnath, Raja Venkat and Narendra Hirwani wanted to remove Dhoni and K. Srikanth and Surendra Bhave were not on their side. Mohinder Amarnath was not given a copy of the constitution when he was made selector. He felt the constitution dated back to 1932 and the clause needed to be deleted.
Now we know selectors are not that all powerful. BCCI President can overrule selectors and have his choice of captain and players. Sunil Gavaskar said that is the protocol in India and Australia. It seems Dhoni and Tendulkar have the backing of BCCI President and they can decide for themselves. Many feel N. Srinivasan favours Dhoni because he is the captain of Chennai Super Kings owned by him. There is conflict of interest.
Mohinder Amarnath lasted just one year as selector. He was supposed to become chairman of selectors. That did not happen. Selectors who do the bidding of BCCI President get extension. Those who oppose are shown the door.

Updated: December 13, 2012 — 7:37 am

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