Some former cricketers may have sought BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar's intervention on the issue of Rahul Dravid's shock exclusion from the team, but the BCCI on Tuesday made it clear that it would not interfere in selection matters.
Dravid's unceremonious ouster from the Indian team for the first two one-dayers against Pakistan has drawn sharp criticism from many former players with Sandeep Patil even seeking Pawar's intervention.
"I don't think the BCCI should comment on this issue. It is the prerogative of the selection committee to choose the team and we don't interfere in these matters", BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla said.
"Even Dravid has not said anything. Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar has said Dravid will make a comeback and I believe that's true", Shukla said.
Patel and another Mumbai-based former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar have been particularly criticial of Vengsarkar for dropping Dravid from the team, saying a player of his status should be treated with more respect.
In his column, Patil said the natinoal selectors had played a "planned game" and the latest development was perhaps linked with why Dravid relinquished the captaincy without giving any reasons after a successful England tour.
"I had earlier supported the idea that Sharad Pawar, as BCCI president, should not interfere in selection matters. I would revise my decision now and recall how once NKP Salve, as then BCCI president, had intervened and influenced the selectors to include Sunil Gavaskar after he had been dropped," Patil said in his write-up.