I never asked Sourav to retire, says Pawar

Published: Thursday, March 9, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Mohali:BCCI President and Union Minister Sharad Pawar yesterday denied having ever asked Sourav Ganguly to retire from international cricket and lauded the deposed Team India captain's contribution to the game.

''I have never said that former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly should quit international cricket. Ganguly's contribution as a player and captain is laudable,'' he told reporters at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium after inaugurating the Rs 43 lakh indoor cricket facilities at the B ground here.

''A player should decide himself when he should quit,'' he added.

Regarding former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya's statement that the BCCI had lost 18.09 million dollars (Rs 81.40 crore) while awarding the global media rights to Nimbus Company Limited Mr Pawar said, ''The present office-bearers are maintaining the maximum transparency. It was during Dalmiya's tenure that anglings were made.''

The BCCI chief said he was confident about the Asian World Cup bid for 2011 will get the approval of the executive committee of the ICC and a meeting of the chief of the Asian countries cricket boards will be held in New Delhi on March 12 for working out the bid.

''I am confident that the combined bid will get the nod of the executive committee of the International Cricket Council which meets in Dubai later this month,'' he said.

The BCCI President praised the role of Indian coach Greg Chappell saying, ''The good performance of the present Indian team was all due to the untiring efforts of Greg Chappell.'' Meanwhile, the PCA felicitated Sharad Pawar and Punjab Governor General SF Rodrigues by giving them honorary membership of the PCA and the PCA Club.

Among those present were PCA President Inderjit Singh Bindra, Secretary MP Pandove, members of the Indian team, Tiger Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and his actress wife Sharmila Tagore.


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