BCCI considers giving bigger role to Gavaskar

Published: Wednesday, October 6, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:After having appointed Sunil Gavaskar as the consultant for the high-profile series against Australia, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today said it was thinking of giving the legendary batsman a "bigger role".

"Board is thinking of a bigger role (for Gavaskar)... for the future also," newly elected BCCI president R S Mahendra told reporters without elaborating.

Request for Gavaskar's appointment came from the Indian team management, he said to a question. Asked if that included coach John Wright, he said: "I told you that it's the team management."

Asked if the Board was also considering to rope in Javagal Srinath as the bowling consultant, he said, "The matter has not come up for discussion. If we require his services, we will have it. Whenever we decide that we indeed need his services, he will be contacted".

Congratulating Anil Kumble for claiming 400 Test wickets, Mahendra said the Board would soon honour the leg-spinner.

"A befitting memento would be given to him, a final decision in this regard would be taken by the BCCI's working committee. This is the practice of the Board -- we had done this in the case of Kapil Dev also."

Mahendra said his priority was to ensure the smooth conduct of the ongoing series against Australia as well as India-Pakistan One-dayer and the two-match Test series against South Africa.

"We are keen to see that the game of cricket goes to the general public both in India and abroad. The Board has made arrangements for that," he said.

He also said the Under-19 tournaments would henceforth be played on the lines of Ranji Trophy where the teams are divided into Elite and Plate divisions.

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