BCCI president Anurag Thakur today slammed former selection committee chief Sandeep Patil, saying it was “unethical” on his part to uncover certain classified insights about Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and others after his tenure ended earlier this month.

Anurag Thakur stopped short of saying that action will be taken against Patil but said “right people in the BCCI” will speak to him soon over the issue which has created a major controversy. Sandeep Patil, a former international cricketer, as of late unveiled that the selection board would have dropped Sachin Tendulkar before he eventually quit international cricket and that it had additionally considered expelling MS Dhoni from ODI captaincy in front of the 2015 World Cup.

Anurag Thakur slams Sandeep Patil for comments on Tendulkar, Dhoni
Anurag Thakur With Sandeep Patil (left)

“Let me make it very clear. Sandeep, being a former chairman, should not have made these comments. When he was the chairman, he replied differently to the same questions. But after that [his tenure], it was different. It was totally unethical of him to do that,” Anurag Thakur told PTI.

“One should refrain from making such unethical and unwanted comments in this area [selection matters]. It is because he has been trusted to become the chairman, because he has played enough cricket. There were four more selectors with him; they did not say anything. He should have avoided that,” the BCCI president said.

Asked whether any action was being contemplated by the BCCI against Patil over the breach of confidentiality, he said, “The right people in the BCCI will speak to him soon.”

Anurag Thakur went to the extent of saying such a break of secrecy would make it troublesome for any of future employers of Patil to trust him.

“Any organisation, if they hire him, will think ten times that after leaving the organisation, he will speak about the organisation,” Anurag Thakur said.

Sandeep Patil’s four-year tenure finished when the board reported the 15-man squad for the ongoing Test series against New Zealand.


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