Selectors told Laxman, NZ series to be his last?

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Published: Monday, August 20, 2012, 12:25 [IST]
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Speculations behind Laxman's retirement

Bangalore, Aug 20: With plenty of stories coming up, here is another one, probably the reason which forced the stylish right-hander VVS Laxman to announce his retirement with immediate effect.

Curtains were drawn to the Very Very Special journey of the Hyderabad batsman as he bid adieu to international cricket on Saturday.

It indeed shocked the cricketing world as his team mates and former cricketers poured out what they felt about Laxman's retirement which was unexpected to say the least.

Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh all have expressed surprise at Laxman's decision on a social networking site, twitter.

Moreover, there are speculations about the Hyderabadi batsmn's sudden decision to retire, as it is learnt that a few syndicate columns from former cricketers could have led to this extreme step.

"Maybe some negative comments in columns by former cricketers hurt him and it could be that the BCCI did not defend him which could have added to his hurt," a top BCCI official added.

Though BCCI officials made it clear that there was no pressure on the batting stalwart to retire, as they had picked him for the series against New Zealand there are rumours about selectors wanting him to retire sooner than later.

"We really had no clue, may be something happened which made him take that decision but we have never put any pressure on him," a top BCCI official said on condition on anonymity.

According to sources, selectors had also informed Laxman that it would be his farewell series after including him in the Test squad against New Zealand, which forced him to take this extreme step as he announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

"In a way he wanted to hit back at the selectors and tell them that 'I would retire on my own terms'," a source said.

This is quite evident in the case of selectors as they have not been able to communicate properly to the seniors,especially after the disastrous tours of England and Australia.

As it was the same with Rahul Dravid, who was picked for the ODIs after being ignored for two years, which prompted him to retire from ODIs and T20s last year.

Later criticism after their humiliating 0-4 loss to Australia Down Under raised a few eyebrows on the Big Three of Indian Cricket, as Rahul Dravid bid adieu to international cricket in March after taking a break following the Australian series.

This seriously makes us think whether the selectors lack communication skills to talk to seniors who have battled for the country's success for decades together, and also shows how the seniors are treated as they do not get a befitting farewell for their contribution to Indian cricket.


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