Players should get freedom of expression: Karim

Published: Saturday, May 13, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Ranchi:Former Team India stumper Saba Karim feels there is no harm if players are given freedom to express their views.

Saba Karim, who was here to campaign for Jharkhand Home Minister Sudesh Mahato for tomorrow's election to the post of president of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association(JSCA), was asked to react to a recent verbal snubbing by the BCCI to vice-captain Virender Shehwag.

He, however, stressed a player should read his contract book and at the same time observed that little freedom should be given to the players.

He did not mention directly about the Sehwag incident but said the situation could have been tackled more diplomatically.

Coordination between the BCCI and the players association should be harmonious, he added.

A recent interview of Sehwag had annoyed the BCCI followed by a verbal warning from BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.

Sehwag said the team sometimes missed former Captian Sourav Ganguly and spoke about the burnout issue of players due to tight schedule.

The former player said Ganguly was a legend and led India successfully.

Asked about his campaign for Mr Mahto, he said the JSCA now needed a change.

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