Former BCCI and ICC President N Srinivasan on Friday, hit back at the allegations retired Indian batsman and former of chairman selectors Dilip Vengsarkar, deeming it to be untrue and calling the charge “completely false, motivated and without any basis.” This comes a day after Vengsarkar had alleged that he lost his job as chairman of selectors for picking Virat Kohli over Tamil Nadu’s veteran batsman Subramaniam Badrinath in 2008, and added that then BCCI treasurer Srinivasan was the man who orchestrated it.
Speaking to the press, Srinivasan said, “At the outset, I deny this as completely false, motivated and without any basis. It is a pity that Vengsarkar is trying to cast aspersions on me. I find it unbecoming and highly unprofessional of a former selector to act in such a manner.” Further, Srinivasan pointed out that the allegation that Badrinath was dropped in favour of Kohli in the Indian squad for the tour of Sri Lanka in 2008 was incorrect as both players mentioned by Vengsarkar had gone on to feature in the very same series.
The former BCCI and Tamil Nadu president also said Vengsarkar lost his post as selection committee chairman in 2008 as he chose to continue as vice-president of Mumbai Cricket Association. Srinivasan also added, “At the AGM of BCCI in 2008, the reappointment of the selection committees and various other committees was taken up, as was the norm. At this time, Vengsarkar chose to continue as vice-president of Mumbai Cricket Association and hence could not be considered to the post in any of the selection committees.”
Meanwhile, he continued to criticise the former India Test cricketer for trying to create some controversy with totally unwarranted and illogical claims that suggested that he was behind Vengsarkar’s removal as chief selector. Notably, Vengsarkar continued to be the vice-president of Mumbai Cricket Association until 2010 and again in 2014, a point that Srinivasan brought up during his straight-fire response.