BCCI must fully probe England disaster: Akram

Published: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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London, Aug 17 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram termed BCCI''s decision to probe India''s series loss in England as a welcome move but also insisted that it shouldn''t be a "one-sided investigation".

"I understand the BCCI is going to probe the reasons for the Test humiliation. While it is a welcome move, I only hope that it will not be a one-sided investigation. Wealth should not blind wisdom," Akram wrote in his column for ESPNStar.com.

During the recent working committee meeting of the board, it was decided that outgoing president Shashank Manohar and president-elect N Srinivasan will investigate the reasons of defeat.

The legendary pacer also feels that there will be loads of theories like fatigue, injuries, lack of application, work ethics but he is not convinced that India have players of calibre to replace a Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman.

"Fatigue, injuries, lack of application and work ethics are the many factors that have been doing the rounds, but the one thing that worries me is whether India have the talent to replace their veterans like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag. Therefore, the Rainas, Kohlis and the Rohit Sharmas have miles to go. It will be a tough call for the selectors."

Akram was forthright in his column that England are deserving No 1 ranked Test nation.

"England deserve to wear the world No. 1 crown. They have played as a team, backed each other and have told the world that Indians are not invincible. If you don''t respect conditions and take things for granted, you will pay a price and India have done just that."

Akram also felt that Sehwag was a big disappointment at Edgbaston.


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