New Delhi/ Kolkata:Chief cricket selector Dilip Vengsarkar wants to step down following his stand off with the BCCI which has banned him from writing newspaper columns, but has been told not to do so in view of the upcoming team selection for the important tour of Australia and the third Test against Pakistan.
The 51-year-old former Indian captain met the BCCI President Sharad Pawar yesterday in Kolkata during the second Indo-Pak Test and expressed his willingness to quit, BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla said in New Delhi on Sunday.
"He (Vengsarkar) wants to step down. He had spoken to BCCI President Sharad Pawar last evening and expressed willingness to step down," Shukla said.
"But the Board's view is that on December 5 we have a meeting of the selection committee to select the squad for the Australia tour, which is more important than personal issues.
"The national interest is more important, he should first focus on that and personal issues can be discussed later," Shukla added.
Asked why Vengsarkar offered to resigned in the middle of a series when things were more or less settled between him and the Board, Shukla said there were different opinions on the seven-point guidelines issued to the selectors.
"There are certain issues on which he has got a different point of view like the guidelines which have been issued about not writing the column and about the selectors going to watch the matches," Shukla said.
"So all this put together and these guidelines, he is not happy about it. But BCCI has these guidelines for ages. It is conventional and prevailing for all these years. We cannot flout the rules and regulations.
"Every selector is expected to stick to those guidelines. No selector has ever written any column so how can you make exception for one person," he added.
Asked if selectors were also upset about BCCI shifting the team selection from Tuesday to Wednesday without consulting them, Shukla said these were minor matters.
"All these dates and venues for team selection are minor things," he said.
Vengsarkar vs BCCI
The battle between Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar and the BCCI seems to have taken a new turn.
There was no confirmation from the BCCI on these reports but Vengsarkar is believed to be upset over the alleged inadequate compensation for the ban on writing newspaper columns and the directions to the selection for the third Test over telephone.
Vengsarkar left Kolkata on Saturday evening, threatening to resign from BCCI selection committee, after a meeting with BCCI president Sharad Pawar. Vengsarkar's departure is significant since the selection for the third Test is slated for Tuesday.
Former Chief Selector Kiran More was not surprised that Vengsarkar is thinking of quitting.
"This is not the way to treat your chairman of selectors. He has a very important role to play," he added.
According to sources, Vengsarkar wanted to hold a selection meeting for Australia Test series in Kolkata but BCCI was pushing it to be held in Bangalore.
Vengsarkar is also upset with the Board's handling of selectors.
The Indian cricket team for the tour of Australia will be picked on Wednesday in Bangalore, a top Indian cricket board official said.
BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah on Sunday refused to confirm or deny reports about Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar offering to resign from the post, saying he was not aware about any such development.
"I am not aware of this. I don't keep in touch with him all the time," Shah said when asked if Vengsarkar had offered to resign.
Vengsarkar, who had a meeting with BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar last evening before returning to Mumbai, is believed to be upset over the alleged inadequate compensation for the ban on writing newspaper columns and the directions to the selection for the third Test over telephone.
There were also reports that selectors were upset that the BCCI shifted the date of team selection from Tuesday to Wednesday with consulting with them.