|Dhoni not to be replaced as T20
captain, says BCCI
|15 May 2010, New Delhi:
Amid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni may
be replaced as India’s Twenty20 captain
following the team’s dismal performance in the
West Indies, BCCI on Friday sought to clear the
air saying though it was unhappy, there was no
“Obviously we are not happy with the performance
of the team but it does not mean that we are
thinking of removing Dhoni as Twenty20 captain,”
a top BCCI source said.
The Indian team, knocked out of the Twenty20
World Cup in the West Indies, returned home
today and will have to face some tough
The cricketers avoided eye contact at the Mumbai
and Delhi airports with the waiting media and
slipped into their vehicles without offering any
comments. Dhoni chose to make a quiet back door
The team’s arrival came a day after reports that
coach Gary Kirsten had spoken to seven
cricketers individually and complained about
their fitness and commitment.
On his arrival in Mumbai, team manager Ranjib
Biswal denied that the players had got any
dressing down from Kirsten.
“Nothing of this sort happened. We were all
together at the team hotel’s swimming pool
before departing for home,” Biswal told
Kirsten is believed to have held one-on-one
meeting with seven senior players, including
Dhoni, and is expected to give his inputs to
Biswal who will submit his report to the BCCI.
While the players returned home, Kirsten stayed
back in London and would rejoin the side in
Johannesburg when the team goes to Zimbabwe for
a tri-series also involving Sri Lanka.
Dhoni is under fire for his tactical blunders
during the World Cup and according to a source,
the selectors want to exert pressure on him by
putting him on notice when they sit down to
select the Indian team for the Asia Cup next
The source said Dhoni would be given the
captaincy on a tournament-to-tournament basis.
Although he has led the team to the top of the
ICC Test rankings and to the number two spot in
the ODI rankings, Dhoni’s captaincy has not been
upto expectations in the Twenty20 format.
Support for Dhoni came from former captain Sunil
Gavaskar, who felt that he is the best man to
lead the side.
“I don’t think anybody should be complacent
enough to think his place in the team is secure
as a player or as a skipper. But having said
that, Dhoni has done the best he could. I still
think he is the best bet as far as captaining
the country is concerned. He has not quite had
the luck he had when he started with India’s
captaincy,” Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar, however, dismissed as a “poor excuse”
Dhoni’s comments that IPL’s after-match parties
and the hectic travelling had taken a toll on
“I don’t think that is an excuse at all. I think
that is a very poor excuse used by people to say
that IPL parties were the reason for the team
not performing. Tell me one thing, there were no
parties in the West Indies were they? So how can
you say that the team performed badly in the
Caribbean because of parties in India,” said