Pawar ducks question on fate of Ganguly, Dravid's ODI career
BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar says senior players like Sachin Tendulkar have themselves stepped out of Twenty20 to pave way for the youngsters.cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2008 18:09 IST
Does the emphasis on youth means curtains on ODI careers of Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly?
BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar sidestepped questions on this, saying he did not get into selection matters and that performance was the criterion.
At the same time, Pawar told PTI these players themselves had stepped out of Twenty20 to pave way for the youngsters.
Pawar recalled Sachin Tendulkar meeting him to convey that players of his generation would like to opt out when the selectors were about to announce the Indian team for the Twenty20 World Cup.
"Sachin met me and suggested 'I know you don't interfere with the team selection but you please tell the selectors not to include players of my generation in the Twenty20 squad.' He said 'my generation is not fit for Twenty20, so give opportunity to the youngsters'."
Specifically asked if Ganguly and Dravid stood any chance of returning to the one-day side, Pawar said, "I can't really say one-day cricket is behind them. I don't get into selection matters and it's up to the selectors to decide.
"Anyway, it's not like Twenty20 where selectors decided to give opportunity to the youngsters," he added.