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'Pawar pulling up selectors not cricket'

Former BCCI president Dungapur said that Pawar's proposed move to speak to the national selectors on omitting Ganguly from the Test team would set a bad precedent.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2005 17:12 IST

Former Cricket Board president Raj Singh Dungapur on Friday said that BCCI chief Sharad Pawar's proposed move to speak to the national selectors on omitting Sourav Ganguly from the Test team would set a bad precedent.

Dungapur said that when a team was announced it always had the approval of the President and pulling up the selectors for any decision they make was "not cricket."

"Obviously and unfortunately, it is (a bad precedent). I am surprised by the statement from a man of his stature and experience," Dungarpur, who backed Pawar in the recent Board elections, said.

"I have been the President and Chairman of Selectors. The decision of the selection committee is given by the Secretary to President for his approval. And once that is done, there are no questions to be asked," the former BCCI chief told news channel NDTV.

On Pawar's reported remarks that he would use the forum when the President was required to approve teams for international tours to discuss the issue with the selectors, Dungarpur said, "the process is the same. President has to be informed before the press."

Asked if it was Pawar's way to soften the wide spread outrage over Ganguly's exclusion, Dungarpur said, "perhaps, a politician is more susceptible."

"Perhaps he wants to clear the air by saying that he would speak to the selectors. But is not a good precedent. It is not cricket," he said.

"We had a similar situation way back in 1975. We five of us said if we are asked to explain, we will quit," he said.

In Dungarpur's opinion, Ganguly did not deserve to play ahead of Yuvraj Singh.

"If he was going to play instead of Yuvraj, that cannot be justified," he said. "What happened in the selection room is best kept secret."

Dungarpur was expected to replace Sunil Gavaskar as National Cricket Academy chairman after Pawar's group swept the polls on November 29. But the new regime retained Gavaskar as NCA chief.

First Published: Dec 16, 2005 17:12 IST