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'Dhoni's captaincy was questioned'


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Dec 12, 2012 at 03:34pm IST

New Delhi: Reacting to former co-selector Mohinder Amarnath's revelation about board president N Srinivasan stopping the sacking of MS Dhoni as skipper after the tour of Australia, the then chief of selectors Kris Srikkanth confirmed that Dhoni's captaincy was "seriously discussed," while refusing to elaborate on that.

"I admit Sehwag's captaincy issue was seriously discussed [after the whitewash in Australia]. We had a lengthy discussion about whether we should replace the captain or not. But what decision was taken, I cannot comment on it now," Srikkanth told CNN-IBN.

On being asked to either deny or confirm whether Amarnath's claims that all five selectors decided to sack Dhoni, he said, "I don't want to deny or say yes to it. We have selected so many teams and everything can't be brought out in public. There was huge pressure on everyone whether to let Dhoni continue [as captain] or not. Indian cricket is facing the same question today.

"I would not like to reveal what happened at the selection committee meeting [after the tour of Australia]. Whatever has happened within the board, I would like to keep it as secret," Srikkanth added.

Speaking to the IBN18 Editor-in-Chief, Rajdeep Sardesai, earlier in the day, Amaranath confirmed that it was the BCCI president who overruled the selectors decision to sack Dhoni as captain and from the 17-man squad for the tri-series in Australia.

"All five selectors wanted Dhoni to be sacked after India were whitewashed in England and Australia, but BCCI president intervened to allow Dhoni to continue as captain," Amarnarth told.

"Selectors picked Virat Kohli as captain for the tri-series. Dhoni was dropped from the 17-man squad," he said, adding "Dhoni doesn't deserve to be in the team on current performance. Dhoni is not good enough to play Test cricket for India."

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