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BCCI firm on non-performers

Board secy Niranjan Shah says it should not surprise anyone if non-performers are called back midway through a tour.

india Updated: Dec 13, 2006 15:47 IST

The Cricket Board on Wednesday maintained its tough stand on cricketers, saying it should not surprise anyone if non-performers are called back midway through a tour.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said such a step was needed if players were unable to give their best.

"Don't we change the team during a home series? What's wrong if we drop non-performers on an overseas tour?" he shot back when asked about his earlier comment that the board had the full power to recall non-performers.

"But it's entirely up to the selectors to do so. It's up to them if they want to remain satisfied with players who are not performing," he told PTI from Mumbai.

In Indian cricket history players have never been recalled from a tour for reasons other than injury or indiscipline.

The legendary Lala Amarnath was sent back from the 1936 tour of England on charges of indiscipline while former opener-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had walked out of the 1996 tour of England of his own volition.

Shah's forthright statement only adds strength to the current thinking in the BCCI that cricketers need to be paid as per their performance.

At least one senior official - its Nagpur-based vice president Shashank Manohar - has gone on record to say that after the team's thrashing in the second ODI in South Africa.

However, the selectors have a different take on the issue of recalling a selected team member midway through a tour.

Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar, reacting to Shah's comment on similar lines on Tuesday, had said unless a team member gets injured or is not able to continue playing for any other reason, he would not be asked to go back.