Ex-cricketers back Viru on gag orders
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Ex-cricketers back Viru on gag orders

BCCI was overdoing its bit by stopping players from airing opinions, they said.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 22:32 IST

The Cricket Board's decision to impose gag orders on vice-captain Virendra Sehwag was on Tuesday termed as an over reaction by former cricketers who said players should have the right to express their individual opinion.

Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan said BCCI was probably "overdoing" its bit by restricting players from talking to the press while former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar also said he did not think there was anything wrong in expressing one's opinion.

"It is a democratic country, you cannot throttle players," Chauhan said.

"Sehwag has not said anything against Board. He did not say anything, which is detrimental to the game or to the Board.

"He has just given his personal opinion, he should have the right to do so. The Board can accept it or ignore it," he said.

Vengsarkar said if the players were bound by a contract, the Board was right in its action but the players should have the right to take up issues with the Board.

"If there is any clause, the Board is right but if they (players) have anything in mind, they can take it up with the Board," Vengsarkar said.

Chauhan said the relationship between the players and the Board should be like the one between a parent and the child.

"There should not be ego clash between the Board and the players. Issues like rest and burnout should be settled amicably," he said.

First Published: May 09, 2006 22:32 IST