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I was a victim of impatience: Charu Sharma

June 05, 2008 18:47 IST

Former Royal Challengers Bangalore CEO Charu Sharma, who was sacked midway through the Indian Premier League, said he could not understand how his dismissal benefited the team.

On the sidelines of a book release function in Kochi on Wednesday night, Sharma, without naming anybody, said, "I am not here for slugging anyone, but it is important for the owners of the teams to understand: are they owners of cricket or are they owners of these players or owners of a certain team?"

"Cricket will be played on the field which has its own story and its own drama to be played out every match," he said, adding "you cannot guarantee or engineer that."

Pointing out that team owners should also be sensitized, he said, "If you are owning an entity, performance of which cannot be guaranteed, it is important for the owners to understand, and if they do not understand that, there will be frustration," Sharma, a well-known cricket broadcaster, said.

"I was a victim of impatience or lack of understanding of what Twenty20 and ownership is all about," he said.

"People who are traditional followers and watchers of the game, people who love the game and are involved in the game are not necessarily pleased when this kind of hiring and firing and changing takes place," he said.

The fact that he supported captain Rahul Dravid [Images] in his choice of whoever he could get in at the auction is the only corrective thing he could have done, he said.

Being the CEO of the team, he said, he was looking after many other things and only supported Dravid in team selection.

"I do not understand what benefit could he (the owner) have got by sacking me," he said, adding nothing is going to be achieved by slugging it out.

"There has to be better understanding among us after becoming a part of IPL and Indian cricket scenario," he said.

"What is their place, their role and their position probably needs to be clarified by the IPL and BCCI," he said, adding the players might be part of the team which they own for 45 days, but not for the rest of the year or life.

"One must have a big heart and understand the Twenty20 game itself," he concluded.

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