Dhoni forced to follow BCCI's orders, says Bedi

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Published: Thursday, February 23, 2012, 10:25 [IST]
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Dhoni is being misled, says Bedi

New Delhi, Feb 23: Is Indian captain MS Dhoni forced to follow Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) orders when it comes to selection matters? Former Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi thinks so.

Also read: Sehwag and captain Dhoni at loggerheads?

The team's rotation policy in the current tri-series in Australia has caused enough ripples within the team and also rift rumours are emerging over the past few days. Dhoni is at the receiving end for advocating rotation policy for the top three of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

"I think Dhoni is being misled. Who knows, he is just expressing BCCI's diktat. I am not convinced that the players are bad fielders. If players are being rotated just for the heck of it, I am not convinced," Bedi told reporters on Wednesday.

Bedi also hit back at Dhoni's remarks of calling the trop three as "slow movers" on the field.

"Players such as Sehwag and Sachin have some stature. You can not just dust it. I don't think they are slow. How many (fast fielders) you have?" he questioned.

Dhoni's justification to rotation policy was that the three players were slow on the big grounds in Australia and they were cost the team about 20 runs in each match. However, Sehwag put a different spin to the rotation debate by saying that it was in place to give youngsters more matches in order to help them acclimatise for the next World Cup in 2015 which is in Australia and New Zealand.

The controversy surrounding selection process affecting team's confidence, according to Bedi.

He said: the "confidence of the team has been hit."

The former left-arm spinner did not agree with former Indian captain Kapil Dev's views that Tendulkar should retire from the shorter format.

He said: "That's Kapil's opinion. It is Tendulkar's prerogative when he has to call it a day. I don't think, any of us here is in a position to say when Tendulkar should retire," he said.

He blamed the media for putting pressure on Tendulkar to get his 100th international century.

"I ask each of you. Why are you breathing on his back to get his hundred? It's not fair. Leave the kid alone."

He also wanted BCCI to be accountable for the poor Test showings in Australia.

"I have not heard from BCCI on India's poor show. The Board should own up the responsibility. It does not need rocket science to know why they have lost?" he said.


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