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Ex-players call for Dhoni's head, retirement of Dravid, Laxman

India's surprise capitulation has evoked sharp criticism from former players and Madan Lal went to the extent of saying that Dhoni should be sacked.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2012 15:20 IST

As Indian team's pathetic show continues in Australia, former players say time has come to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Test skipper and senior players like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid should plan their timely retirements.

India's surprise capitulation has evoked sharp criticism from former players and Madan Lal went to the extent of saying that Dhoni should be sacked.

"I think time has come to remove Dhoni as the Test skipper as he is not enjoying his cricket. Time has come to bring in someone else who has fresh ideas," Lal, a former fast bowler, said in a TV show.

Former skipper Sourav Ganguly said age is catching up with Dravid and Laxman and India must look for their alternatives before the next series abroad.

"You cannot expect Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman to keep on repeating what they did at the Eden Gardens a decade ago. They were young then and are now nearing 40. I have always said the senior players should decide the timing of their retirement on their own.

"Dravid and Laxman will continue to score runs at home. However, India's next series abroad will now be in 2013 so they have to make a mature decision," Ganguly opined.