After creating a flutter with his remarks that MS Dhoni was shielded from being dropped by the BCCI top-brass when he was the chief of selectors, Mohinder Marnath came clear on NDTV on what he wanted to mean.
New Delhi: While former India cricketer Mohinder Amarnath stuck to his remark that it was because of BCCI's interference that MS Dhoni wasn't dropped ahead of the tour to Australia, he however clarified that there is no animosity with the current India skipper.
Amarnath said he was shocked when the selectors' decision was overruled. "N Srinivasan overruled Dhoni's removal," he said about the BCCI president, stating that the selectors wanted Dhoni dropped after the Australia tour. "Why do you need selectors if one man has to be at the helm of everything," he told NDTV adding that selectors should have a free hand and that he is not angry with anyone.
"I'm not angry with anyone. I don't want any controversy, but I was pushed to wall (when he was the head selector). Selectors should have a free hand, one just can't overrule their decision," he said. (Also read: Gavaskar says it's protocol to send chosen team to BCCI)
The World Cup winning cricketer said that if Dhoni is burdened too much by the responsibility, or if there's a need of dropping him, India can go for separate captains for different formats.
Speaking on Sachin Tendulkar, Amarnath cited that though there's no doubt about the Master's greatness, everyone has a time to go. "Indians are very emotional and we hang on to our past," he said. "Sachin is a great player, but one can't play for forever. He's not the same anymore." (Read in full here)
Story first published on: Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:50
The 62-year-old's final suggestion was that meetings of selection committee should be broadcast live on television so that there is clarity in matters. "Everything has to be done in a professional manner."