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'Underperformers will be called back'

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah says the board has the power to call back any player if he is not delivering the goods.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 20:01 IST

In a veiled threat, the BCCIon Tuesdaysent out a message that underperforming players would be called back from South Africa, a view with which chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar does not agree.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said the board had the "power" to call back any player if he was not delivering the goods.

"Selection Committee can always call anybody back and replace him with a new player. Board and Selection Committee have the full power in this regard. But first we would be watching the performance in the first Test," he said.

However, Shah's comments were downplayed by Vengsarkar, currently in South Africa to give his inputs on selection matters to the team management.

"That is his viewpoint. I cannot comment on that. They (players) are here because they have been picked for the tour. (Only if) a player is injured or unavailable for selection, then we will call somebody else."

Shah and Vengsarkar also did not seem to agree on the issue of bowling coach.

Shah said: "the team has not made any demand for it (bowling coach). It is Vengsarkar's personal opinion."

Vengsarkar has openly supported appointment of a bowling coach for the team and the issue is likely to be taken up for discussion at BCCI's Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on December 23.

First Published: Dec 12, 2006 19:30 IST