Kapil Dev, Ganguly disagree over seniors' retirement issue
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said it is not right for the selectors to force the senior players into retirement.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly said it is not right for the selectors to force the senior players into retirement.
Ganguly opined that seniors like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman should decide on their own when it comes to taking a call on quitting the game.
"The day their performance drops, they will leave on their own. Dravid and Laxman have already phased out from ODI cricket. Sachin also plays very less.
"It is good to see youngsters perform so well in the shorter format but I am more worried about Tests. We haven't seen anyone who can challenge these seniors. Definitely, the time hasn't come to phase out seniors in Tests," Ganguly was quoted as saying by a TV channel.
Kapil Dev, captain of the 1983 World Cup winning team, disagreed with Ganguly. "It is the selectors who will have to take a call on their retirement.
A player never likes to retire. Selectors should see the bigger picture and take a tough decision. But, they (selectors) should do this while giving full respect to these seniors," Kapil said.
"Two of them (seniors) can play and one can be rested so that a youngster can be tested in his place. We can give a chance to a youngster without taking too much risk," Kapil added.