In a vicious attack on the Indian cricket team and its coach Greg Chappell, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Dayanand Narvekar on Tuesday described the World Cup squad as “most indisciplined” and “on an enjoyment spree”. He also demanded that Chappell be sacked for India’s first round exit in the event.
Goa Cricket Association president Narvekar said he had told other BCCI members that the team would not make it to the semi-finals. “While on the West Indies tour (in April 2006) I have seen these boys loitering around till one o’clock in the night, smoking cigarettes,” the GCA chief told PTI here.
Holding Chappell responsible for the team’s disastrous campaign, Narvekar demanded his ouster. “India does not need a coach who could not deliver results,” he said.
Referring to the players’ demand for a 27 per cent share in the Board’s revenue, Narvekar said, “They should be asked to shell out a certain percentage of money earned through advertisements before considering their demand with the Board… It’s not that Sachin (Tendulkar) is a handsome fellow like a film star that he gets advertisements. He is worshipped because he is a cricketer and the same thing happens to other cricketers,” Narvekar said.
Insisting on a revamp, Narvekar said non-performing players should retire before the Board or people throw them out.
[BCCI president Sharad Pawar told the Hindustan Times in Pune that he did not think India’s early elimination from the World Cup was a debacle. “It is a game,” he said. “Somebody is bound to win and get defeated.”
Pawar blamed the electronic media for creating unnecessary hype about the World Cup. “I am not happy about the performance of the players but one should not demoralise the new generation,” he said.
"England, the country where the game originated, has not won the World Cup so far. But their players were not subjected to mindless protests and condemnation by cricket fans," Pawar said.
BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah told the Hindustan Times from Rajkot that the Board distanced itself from Narvekar's comments. "He made those remarks in a personal capacity," said Shah, "Those are his individual views and are not endorsed by the Indian Board."
The Indian cricketers could not be contacted. Under BCCI rules, they are barred from speaking to the media unless authorised.