BCCI and CAB ignore GR Viswanath, Lal who selected Sachin in 1989

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Updated: Thursday, November 7, 2013, 13:00 [IST]
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BCCI and CAB ignore GR Viswanath

Kolkata, Nov 7: Two men who were part of the selection panel that picked Sachin Tendulkar for India duty as a 16-year-old have been ignored by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Former India captain GR Viswanath and ex-Ranji Trophy player Akash Lal, are the two surviving members of the selection committee that had chosen Tendulkar on the 1989 tour to Pakistan where the Master Blaster made his international debut.

Now, with Tendulkar playing in his farewell series, the Indian cricket board has forgotten these two as they were not invited to the ongoing India-West Indies Test at Eden Gardens.

What is humiliating is Cricket Association of Bengal's (CAB) president Jagmohan Dalmiya has refused to give tickets to the match for Lal.

"I am sad, upset, disturbed and felt insulted. Is this the way to treat someone who had played a crucial role in shaping Sachin's cricket career? BCCI & CAB have forgotten me completely. I hope they haven't forgotten Gundappa Vishawanth (the other surviving member of the selection committee)," Lal told "Headlines Today" TV news channel on Wednesday (November 6).

Viswanath too has not been invited for Tendulkar's 199th Test.

"I think the BCCI knows more about cement than cricket. BCCI officials are either builders, politicians or advocates. They have nothing to do with cricket. I had asked CAB president Jagmohan Dalmiya 4 days back if they could in a good gesture provide the two surviving members tickets for Sachin's last two matches. Dalmiya ignored me and said call me in 3 days, we will see if we have anything left. Now even if they decide to give me tickets for Eden or Wankhede, I will think twice whether to go or not," Lal added.


Story first published:  Thursday, November 7, 2013, 12:59 [IST]
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