Unhappy with selectors, Dhoni offered to quit captaincy?

Updated: 22 November 2008 16:09 IST

MS Dhoni offered to step down from the captaincy after his alleged clash with the selectors over pacer RP Singh's exclusion from the squad against England

New Delhi:

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni offered to step down from the captaincy after his alleged clash with the selectors over pacer RP Singh's exclusion from the squad against England.

According to the reports, Dhoni wanted RP Singh in the team for the next two ODIs, while selectors wanted Irfan Pathan. Though at the end, selectors had their way and Pathan was chosen ahead of the UP pacer.

If reports are to be believed, the selection meeting in Kanpur, which was to last for 5 mins lasted for over 30 mins and the proceedings of the stormy session has been leaked to 'Anandbazar Patrika'.

K Srikkant, the chairman of the selection committee, told Dhoni that RP was out of form so there was no point in having him in the national team and he should play some domestic cricket.

Dhoni, known to back his players, was unhappy with this move and offered to resign. He reportedly said 'then you can look for another captain'.

The selectors complained to the BCCI secretary N Srinivasan that they deserved a little more respect from the captain.

The matter was then escalated to BCCI President Shashank Manohar, who intervened and said a team should not be built on the basis of individual preferances and no one was indispensible.

The Indian players are currently in Bangalore to play the fourth match.

Topics : Cricket
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