BCCI messed up captaincy issue: Kapil Dev

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Giving credence to murmurs about things being not alright in the Indian team, legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev has said the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) inept handling of the recent captaincy issue could have created "uneasiness" among the players.

"I am not happy with the way the Board dealt with the captaincy issue. They should not have gone about it this way The same thing had happened some years ago," the World Cup winning former Indian captain said, probably referring to his own playing days when the selectors were involved in a similar game of musical chairs with Kapil and Sunil Gavaskar.

The recent episode saw Rahul Dravid being appointed as skipper for the tour of Sri Lanka owing to a ban on Sourav Ganguly but the Kolkatan was later reinstated by the BCCI after the series, fuelling talks of there being two groups in the team.

"There can be a little uneasiness in players if the captain is changed suddenly. But I hope the players are sensible enough, they will let the phase pass off," Kapil told PTI.

Asked if Ganguly was the right choice, Kapil evaded a direct reply. "Our opinion is not important. If it is good for the team, fair enough. Ganguly should get the runs, if he gets the runs he should be in the team and if he is in the team, he should be the captain."

Kapil, who has been roped in by Zee Sports in their expert commentary panel for the Afro-Asian Cup, was forthcoming on his views over selectors' preference to youth over experience for the upcoming triseries in Zimbabwe.

Referring in particular to V V S Laxman, who failed to find a place in the One-day squad, he said, "he is not one of the best fielders in the side, he is not like Yuvraj Singh or Mohammad Kaif. Certain things are against him. He has done so much for the country but you can't keep everybody in the team."

Asked about the team's slide down the performance chart, Kapil said, "The media wrote so highly about the team last year, they hailed (John) Wright. But media should now answer 'was Wright a good coach and if he was a good coach why was he sacked'?"

Kapil, himself a former national coach, said ample time should be given to Greg Chappell before making any judgement on the Aussie's coaching capabilities.

"We have to give him time, support him all the way. You cannot judge him on the basis of just one or two series."

The Wisden Cricketer of the Century was critical about the new rules introduced in One-day cricket by the International Cricket Council.

"These rules should have first been applied to first class cricket. You should not experiment at the highest level. It is wrong to straightaway apply it to International Cricket.

"Let people know about the new rules, get a feedback by applying it to local or first class Cricket, then introduce it at the top level."

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