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Insult to Ganguly painful: Kapil

It's better for Sourav to resign than be sacked, says the former captain.Is this the end of Sourav's Test career?

india Updated: Jan 22, 2006 00:44 IST

Sourav Ganguly should decide it for himself when to quit, but it's always better to resign than to be sacked, feels World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev.

In an interview to a TVprogramme, Kapil said, "It is for Sourav to decide when he wants to go but I think whenever he intends to leave, he should leave with grace."

"He has done a lot for the country. He is being insulted, it is very painful," Kapilsaid about Ganguly who was dropped on Saturday from the Faisalabad Test squad.

Emphasising that a player should quit before he is shown the door, the former allrounder said, "The player should retire gracefully. Everybody knows his strength and if one wants to lie to himself then it's his problem but I think that the player who contributes to the game should be given a respectful farewell."

Asked what he would have done had he been in Ganguly's shoes, Kapil said, "Maybe I would have decided to pack my bags but, on the other hand, another thought comes to mind that I will bounce back with a bang and decided my own time for retirement."

Demanding greater role for former players in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the former captain said, "If a player who has given 20 years of his life to the game and wants to contribute for its betterment how will he do that if 99 per cent of the people who run the board are either businessmen or politicians? There should be a ratio of 40:60 for others and players."

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 17:53 IST