It~~s like being in a dictatorship: Yashpal Sharma

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:After being sacked as a member of Indian cricket's selection panel, Yashpal Sharma lashed out at BCCI administers and National coach Greg Chappell. He indicated that Chappell's power in the Board was reaching alarming proportions.

"I've attended meetings," he said. "It's like being in a dictatorship. Anyone who tells Greg Chappell that other opinions can be allowed, is being removed."

Sharma said after announcing publicly that it had been a unanimous decision, Kiran More (chairman, selection committee) had no business telling individual journalists that it was not so.

"I've heard that I'm being held responsible for Ganguly's inclusion in the team," he said. "If that's so, I would do it again." He said there had been "no pressure" on him, Pranab Roy or Gopal Sharma to include Ganguly in the Test squad. "Ganguly's ODI performance was not up to the mark but we felt he deserved another chance in Tests," he said.

Sharma said he was the victim of administrative politics, with the DDCA selling him out under pressure from Punjab.

Whatever the truth of the matter, Sharma can be justifiably upset on one ground. A vital member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad, he has 37 Tests and 42 ODIs behind him. The man picked to replace him, Bhupinder Singh Sr, has played just two One-dayers.

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