"Srinvasan never wanted Dhoni removed"

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 12, 2012 12:41 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IBNS) Former India selector Mohinder Amarnath revealed on Wednesday that all the five selectors wanted to sack Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain but it was overruled by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N.Srinivasan.

"Yes definitely selection committee didn´t want Dhoni after humiliating series in Australia, we wanted to replace somebody but I think somebody from the BCCI didn´t want that," Amarnath told CNN-IBN.

"It was unanimous decision all five selectors supported it. The Board President did not approve the unanimous decision to replace Mahendra Singh Dhoni," said Amarnath.

Dhoni also happens to lead IPL side Chennai Super Kings, which is owned by the Srinivasan-headed Indian Cements.

"The Chennai Super king does not come into this. This is between the captain and Mr Srinivasan, I have nothing to say on that.I´m not in favour or against of anything like that," he said.

Amarnath also questioned the need of the selection committee "if one person needs to be at the helms of affair."

"We should not be there. Who knows the constitution of BCCI, is the current selection committee aware of it. I was not aware of the constitution of BCCI. We are working on trust there and we are doing our job honestly.

"It was a unanimous decision of the selection committee to replace Dhoni with somebody after the disastrous series in Australia," said Amarnath.

Asked why Srinivasan did not approve the selection committee´s decision, he said: "When you respect a person you don´t ask questions....but my question here is you have a selection committee those who think what is best for Indian cricket then why they are not given a free hand. If they feel there is something not right and we want to do something good for Indian cricket."

Amarnath said the selection committee wanted to have a young captain replace Dhoni.

"We were trying to look ahead, we wanted a young captain to come in specially in triangular one day series so that we can go ahead and do something better in near future.....If we don´t look ahead we won´t have a good team in the future," he said.

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