BCCI gave Sourav a raw deal: Patel
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BCCI gave Sourav a raw deal: Patel

The former Test player hopes that Ganguly would soon return to his top form so as to make a 'forceful' re-entry into the Indian squad.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 16:23 IST

Former Test cricketer Brijesh Patel on Wednesday stood firmly behind Sourav Ganguly and felt that the former Indian skipper 'should not have been given a raw deal by the new BCCI Board keeping in mind his rich contribution towards Indian cricket."

Speaking to newsmen during his one-day visit to the city in connection with the launch of a new business initiative called 'Live Market Watch', Patel, who is also a former national selector from the South, said though Greg Chappell had been doing a fine job 'it is very unfortunate that he has developed some sort of a mind block about Sourav.'

"I do not know why he has been doing this but understand that he is doing no good to Indian cricket by developing this absurd mind block and forgetting the rich contribution of Sourav in both test and one dayers", Patel categorically stated.

He also strongly felt that Sourav had all the quality of bouncing back into the top form and hoped that he would soon make a 'forceful' re-entry into the Indian squad.

Referring to the scoring of over 10,000 runs by Sourav and his present lean form, Patel, also the Chief of the Karnataka Cricket Association felt that every cricketer of his stature had gone through some bad patches in some time or the other and there was nothing wrong about it.

But whatever is the reason he should also be given the chance of an honourable exit, Patel said.

Patel was, however, in all praise of the present Indian skipper Rahul Dravid and said like Sourav he could be another most successful Indian skipper. "He is very flexible and had proved his talent by coming to bat in every position," he said.

About the possible outcome of the ongoing one day and test series in West Indies, Patel refused to give any direct reply except saying that both the teams were 'evenly poised' to clinch the series in their favour.

"Indians have all the potential, but West Indies is a formidable opponent in their home surface," he said.

Asked to comment on the performance of the new cricket board, Patel charged the present BCCI management with being totally non-transparent and stressed the need for introducing further clarity in its activities.

Describing the ongoing 'war of words' between the present team and former BCCI Chairman Jagmohan Dalmia as the reflection of a 'long and dirty politics' between the two power blocks.

He Patel also described the legal battle against Mr Dalmia by the present Board as nothing but a 'witch hunting.'

"This must be stopped forthwith for the betterment of the Indian cricket as a whole," the former cricketer emphasized.

He was also very critical about the role played by NCA in developing young and talented cricketers for the national squads and felt that it was doing nothing to fulfill the aspirations of the people.

First Published: May 25, 2006 18:51 IST