'Fab-four should inform BCCI about retirement'

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2008, 10:30 [IST]
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Mumbai: Outgoing secretary of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Niranjan Shah said it is better if senior cricketers inform the board or the selection committee about their plans for retirement so that there can be a smooth transition in the Indian team.

''The senior players, who can be phased out in two or three years, should make their own (retirement) plans and inform the BCCI or selection committee,'' Mr Shah said citing the examples of Rahul Dravid, who quit India captaincy and Anil (Kumble), who retired from ODIs.

There's been a big debate among cricket fans about the future of the fab-four batsmen (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and V V S Laxman) as well as Test captain Anil Kumble, following their poor display in the last Test series in Sri Lanka, which India lost to the hosts 1-2.

Explaining further, the BCCI official, who is to step down from his post at the two-day AGM this weekend, said it was not practical in India for the selectors to ask a player about his retirement plans.

''It's not possible in India for the selectors to ask players about their retirement plans as it may lead to arguments,'' he added.


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