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BCCI takes exception to Vengsarkar's remark

March 03, 2007 19:31 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Saturday took strong exception to Dilip Vengsarkar's remark on Virender Sehwag's inclusion in India's World Cup squad, saying it is not proper for the chief selector to make such statements.

The BCCI also said that such remarks could only lead to fresh controversies ahead of India's campaign in the mega event in the Caribbean.

"The chairman of the selection committee should not make such a remark. It creates unnecessary controversy before the World Cup. He should restrain from making such statements", BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said.

In an interview to CNN-IBN, Vengsarkar disclosed that out-of-form Sehwag was selected in India's World Cup squad only because captain Rahul Dravid insisted on his inclusion.

The selectors had initially decided to leave out Sehwag but Dravid insisted on having the hard-hitting batsman in the ranks and they eventually agreed, Vengsarkar said.

"The team is selected by the five selectors in consultation with the captain and coach. Selection issues should not come out in the open", Shukla said.

Asked whether the BCCI would seek an explanation from Vengsarkar, he replied: "we have to study what he has said in the interview and then we will see".


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