Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said that former selector and his one-time team mate Mohinder Amarnath was 'incredibly courageous' to take on the Indian cricket board by revealing that it was the board president, who overruled the selection committee's unanimous decision of removing Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the skipper.
"He is prepared to face the consequences. It is a testimony of his self-belief. It needs to be admired. What Jimmy has spoken is incredibly courageous and lessons need to be learnt from that," Gavaskar told NDTV.
Gavaskar however, said that it has been the protocol in the Board for the president to give the final approval on the selection committee´s decision.
"It´s a protocol, actually. Any team selected does go to the board for approval, not just the captain, even the 14 or 16 selected for a Test or for an overseas tour. That´s the protocol not just in India, but I understand that is the protocol even in Australia and England. The final approval is up to the board, so I don´t think it is out of the ordinary. "
"Even in different committees they come to some sort of a decision. It goes to the Working Committee. From the Working Committee it goes to the full board," Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar, however, feels that if it was an unanimous decision of the selection committee then it should have been accepted by the board.
"Ideally, of course, if you have a committee to take a call, that committee takes a decision, particularly if it is a unanimous decision then that should be taken on board."
When asked why have the selection panel, when the veto power lies with the president, Gavaskar said: "You need a selection panel as it has people who have played the game. They have the required experience. And if you have that in place, then you have to rely on it."
On a conflict of interest when the board president owns an Indian Premier League team and the captain of that team happens to be Dhoni, Gavaskar said: "It is a tough call for anyone in that situation but to think that the president will go against the well being of Indian cricket, is a going a little too far."