Dilip Vengsarkar Slams Sourav Ganguly For Speaking On Behalf Of Team India's Selectors

Dilip Vengsarkar Slams Sourav Ganguly For Speaking On Behalf Of Team India’s Selectors

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Former cricketer Sourav Ganguly (Photo by Punit PARANJPE / AFP) (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP via Getty Images)

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar has slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly for talking on the subjects which don’t fall under his authority. Vengasarkar’s reaction has come after Ganguly had talked about Rohit Sharma’s injury and KL Rahul’s return in the red-ball format. 

While talking to Times of India, Dilip Vengsarkar is not happy with the way Sourav Ganguly is speaking in all the matters while the assigned authorities are not speaking. 

“It’s quite astonishing to see the Sourav Ganguly wearing so many hats as he speaks on behalf of the supposedly appointed chairman of selectors, Sunil Joshi, as why ‘X’ was dropped and ‘Y’ was not selected and why ‘Z’ was not considered, besides how somebody is still not fit,” he said. 

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Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Vengsarkar pointed out that Sourav Ganguly made the official announcement of dates and arrangements of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 although the chairman has the right to deliver such information. 

“When the IPL dates and venues were being discussed and organized, he was speaking on behalf of the IPL chairman. Sadly, time and again he’s sticking his neck out on behalf of those who are capable of taking decisions and explaining them on their own. Is he undermining their credentials? Or does he feel he knows more than the others?” Vengsarkar told TOI.

Vengsarkar added that he had always supported former cricketers to take up the charge for BCCI president’s post but the administration under Ganguly, has made him rethink. 

“I always believed the game should be run by former cricketers and was expecting a lot from Ganguly. However, whatever I have seen so far is beginning to change my mind,” he added.

Vengsarkar questions about Rohit’s injury:

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Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: IPL.

While the Indian board has not given an official statement on Rohit Sharma’s recovery, he has been playing for Mumbai Indians and is likely to play for them in the grand finale. It has put up several questions on transparency in the process. Although Sourav Ganguly in the recent interview has said that Rohit Sharma will be included in Australia tour if he is fit, Vengsarkar questioned the board for dropping him.

“Rohit surprisingly sees himself being dropped from the Indian team for the tour because the BCCI physio has ruled him out due to hamstring injury. Now, the question is: How did the MI physio declare Rohit fit to play in the IPL? Why is there a discrepancy in the reports of two physios?” he added.

Rohit Sharma missed a couple of last league stage matches because Mumbai Indians claimed that he had sustained a hamstring injury. Team India selector has also dropped from the Australia tour, stating that BCCI’s medical team is keeping a check on Rohit’s health. However, the MI captain has returned in the playing XI in the first qualifier. Still, the board has not released any statement on his recovery or inclusion in the Australia tour. 

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