BCCI defends Desai, seeks explanation from Dravid

Published: Saturday, February 10, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Rajkot:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today said it would seek an explanation from captain Rahul Dravid on the reasons for his outburst against Chetan Desai, the team's manager during the South Africa tour.

The secretary of the BCCI Niranjan Shah sprang to the defence of Chetan Desai and stated at a media conference here today that they would like to talk to Dravid to find out the exact situation in which he has been reported to have said these words (critical of Desai).

Desai had come under a scathing attack from the Indian skipper for his tour report which criticised Dravid for selecting an out-of-form Virender Sehwag and unfit Munaf Patel in the deciding third Test against South Africa which India lost.

''Chetan Desai was the manager on the tour and as per tradition he filed his report after the team's return. And he has not said anything about his (Dravid's) abilities as a player in the report,'' Shah said.

''The report is at present with Sharad Pawar (BCCI president) and after he reads it, he would give us guidelines on what to do,'' Shah added.

Dravid had told reporters in Kolkata that Desai had no standing in the game. ''Anyone is entitled to give his opinion, anyone is entitled to give a report. But me commenting on that, I will comment only when it is worthy of my comment.''

Shah also sought to play down the matter of how the report got leaked to the media and what the BCCI was going to do about this.

''We are certainly interested in knowing how it happened,'' Shah shot back when queried whether the BCCI was not worried how the leak took place.


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