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'Dhoni was speaking his mind'

BCCI CAO Ratnakar Shetty says MS Dhoni was just speaking his mind on the exclusion of seniors from the team for the recently ended CB Series in Aus.

cricket Updated: Mar 20, 2008 22:40 IST

The BCCI on Wednesday said One-Day International (ODI) skipper MS Dhoni "was just speaking his mind" on exclusion of senior cricketers from the team for the recently concluded CB series in Australia.

"Probably he is speaking his mind, his sentiments as a captain of the Indian team," BCCI Chief Administrative Officer Prof Ratnakar Shetty said after Dhoni was quoted by a website on Wednesday stating that he was clear in his mind about the players he wanted in the side, which left out Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly from the one-day team.

Shetty said he did not believe everything attributed to Dhoni was totally true and there must have been a difference in
what he said and its interpretation by the media.

"I don't believe in what appears in the media totally because what Dhoni may have said and what was interpreted must have had a large difference," he said.

He also took a jibe on all those critical of the selection of youngsters especially after a good outing by the senior players in the test series Down Under.

"When the one-day team was announced everybody in India and including some senior cricketers had commented severely on the compositions of the team.

"Now the performance is there for everybody to see, naturally so he feels... Probably in his mind, that there is a message which he sends also becasue if he had not done well, he would have been crucified by the media for whatever decision taken," Shetty added.