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Ganguly a victim of discrimination, says Kirti Azad

September 10, 2008 15:18 IST

Former India cricketer Kirti Azad feels the selectors discriminated against Sourav Ganguly [Images] by ignoring him for the Irani Trophy while retaining Sachin Tendulkar [Images] and Rahul Dravid [Images], who were equally off-colour in the recent Sri Lanka [Images] tour.

Reacting to Ganguly's exclusion from the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy which put a question mark on the former captain's career, Azad said it was surprising to see the left-hander being singled out while Dravid and Tendulkar were spared the harsh treatment.

"The decision to drop Ganguly itself is not wrong as his form in recent time has not been impressive. But the question is why the same treatment shouldn't be given to Rahul and Sachin, who are out of form as well," Azad said on the sideline of a felicitation programme in New Delhi [Images].

Azad is also against passing on Test captaincy to Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images] and believes Virender Sehwag [Images] should get the chance to succeed Anil Kumble [Images].

"Dhoni is having a good run and has the capability as well. But he should not be given the responsibility in Test cricket right now.

"Though the entire thing depends on selectors, in my opinion Sehwag should be considered before thinking about Dhoni," he said.

Azad, a member of 1983 World Cup winning team, is not impressed by the umpiring review system and said, "I don't want that system. Umpires sometimes commit mistakes because they are humans. But we should respect their authority," he said.

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