Virender Sehwag finds himself in a spot of bother ahead of Delhi’s IPL semi-final against Jaipur with the Board of Control for Cricket in India rapping him on the knuckles for comments he made at a press conference soon after Delhi had qualified for the semi-finals.
Niranjan Shah, the board secretary, sent Sehwag an official communication where he made it clear the board was not impressed with Sehwag. "Dear Viru, I wish to draw your attention to your interview in print media advising on selection matters," Shah began his letter. "You are aware that as a contracted player, you are nor supposed to talk on policy matters of the Board, particularly on selection of the team where you are one of the players eligible for selection."
Shah then underscored his point in stronger words, saying: "You had been warned in the past and please note that the Board is not at all happy with your attitude. Kindly refrain from making any statement in future."
On Tuesday, after a Delhi practice session, Sehwag had said: "So many youngsters have done well in the tournament. For us, Shikhar Dhawan has done well, so did V Yomahesh and Pradeep Sangwan. India play a tri-series in Bangladesh, they play Asia Cup in Pakistan and then there is Champions Trophy. There’s a lot of cricket is to be played this year and I think selectors should, on rotation, give chances to the youngsters to play alongside the seniors."
Sehwag then added: "IPL performance should matter when it comes to selection. Everyone is watching IPL."
No 2 IPLs a year: Pawar
PTI ADDS: BCCI chief Sharad Pawar shot down Lalit Modi’s grand plans to have the IPL twice a year and said the crammed ICC calendar leaves no such scope. Days after Modi, the IPL chairman and commissioner, said that from 2011 onwards, he would like to see the IPL twice a year, Pawar categorically dismissed such a possibility. "We have just got one window from the ICC per year. The calendar is ready for next seven years, so there is no scope," Pawar told a TV channel.
Incidentally, star batsman and Delhi captain Virender Sehwag too is against having two IPLs a year.