Srikkanth takes on Amarnath over Dhoni sacking row
Former cricketer and chief selector K Srikkanth on Thursday took on former selection committee member Mohinder Amarnath over his disclosure that Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N.Srinivasan blocked Mahendra Singh Dhoni's removal from the captaincy of the Indian cricket team ahead of Australia tour.
Criticizing Amarnath recent comments, Srikkanth said issues discussed in selection meetings behind doors should not be revealed in public.
A day after India lost the third Rest against England; Amarnath had said that there was a unanimous decision of all five selectors to appoint a young captain, but the BCCI president did not approve the decision to replace M S Dhoni.
Srikkanth, who headed the panel, which persisted with Dhoni as captain despite the massive defeat against England said: "I have always maintained that whatever happens in the selection committee meetings should remain within the four walls. It's just like a company's board meetings where lot of discussions happen about what to do and what not to do for the company's growth. But nobody comes out in public and tells what has happened."
"We always have detailed discussions on captaincy issues, ex-players, team combination. But at the end of the day there is always consensus, because we believe it's for the good of the country and for the team," said Srikkanth.
He also stated that focus should be diverted from the controversies to ensure that the team, which is currently playing to save the series against England, is not distracted.
The fourth and final Test of the series is going on at Nagpur, where India is playing in a do or die situation as England had won by ten and seven wickets respectively in Mumbai and Kolkata to lead 2-1.