BCCI censures Kumble over ~~selection~~ revelations

Published: Saturday, July 12, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued a mild censure to India's Test captain Anil Kumble for making public the proceedings of the selection committee meeting held here last Tuesday to choose the Indian team for the upcoming Test series in Lanka.

Kumble had revealed that he insisted on a second wicket keeper for the three Test series against Sri Lanka, because there was a view among some of the selectors that the Indian team could do with one specialist.

''There was a suggestion that Rahul (Dravid) be the second wicketkeeper, but I persuaded the committee to view things from Indian cricket's point of view and advantage. When I was told that Dhoni has made himself unavailable, I had to ensure that the wicketkeeping department was catered to,'' Kumble said.

The interview published in Mumbai Mirror did not escape the attention of Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who brought it to the notice of BCCI Secretary, Niranjan Shah.

Immediately, Shah conveyed his displeasure to Kumble saying, ''I have been informed by the Chairman that a newspaper in Mumbai has published some story about the selection meeting which is attributed to you.''

''You are aware that proceedings of the selection committee are not supposed to be divulged and is certainly not meant for public discussion. As a senior player, you should have restrained from such interviews,'' Shah told Kumble.

Two-day preparatory camp in Chennai: Meanwhile the 16-member Indian squad will assemble in Chennai 'morrow for a two-day preparatory camp ahead of three-Test series against Lanka, UNI reports from Chennai.

After a couple of session at the nets on July 13&14 at the M A Chidambaram Stadium, the team would leave for Colombo on the afternoon of July 15.

Regular wicketkeeper M S Dhoni had already opted out of the Test series and the team has two uncapped players in the shape of Rohit Sharma and Pragyan Ojha. Harbhajan Singh was also included in the side after the temperamental offie served his five-match ban for slapping fellow cricketer S Sreesanth during the IPL tournament.

Squad: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V V S Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Anil Kumble (capt), Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel and Pragyan Ojha.

Tour itinerary:

Tests: July 23 to 27: First Test, Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo; July 31 to Aug 4 : Second Test, Galle International Stadium; Aug 8 to 12 : Third Test, P Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo.

ODIs: Aug 18 : First ODI, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium; Aug 20 : Second ODI, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium; Aug 24 : Third ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; Aug 26 : Fourth ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo; Aug 29 : Fifth ODI, Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.


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