Mohinder Amarnath has got his timing wrong with the disclosure that Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan saved Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy after the Test series against Australia earlier in the year.
However much reason there is to believe a man of Amarnath’s stature, this could have been revealed when he was sacked as selector last September. Amarnath chose to seal his lips then.
Indeed, there appears more to this disclosure than what meets the eye. On Monday night, Amarnath chose a cricket event in Pune to express the view that Dhoni should be sacked as Test skipper. The following day, he came on a television channel and repeated his views. When the host of that show asked him about why was Dhoni retained when he was selector, he said it was because if a “certain internal reason”.
Yesterday, he obliged another channel with his views and went one step further to say that Srinivasan did not approve the selectors’ decision that Dhoni should be axed.
It’s disappointing that Amarnath didn’t think about the fact that India are playing a Test match the following day and didn’t care about the team whose fortunes he cared so much for as player and selector.
Indian cricket is already an object of ridicule thanks to the team’s poor showing in the series against England. Doubtless, he has stoked the flames enough for the visiting English team to take advantage of.
On the vital issue of Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement, Amarnath said the batting icon must consider giving up the game, but when asked pointedly whether he would have dropped him had he been selector, Amarnath came up with his ‘I am not a selector now’ line. Some half-hearted stroke that!
Amarnath is not done. He promises to reveal more. He should, for the sake of Indian cricket, but he must time it better.