New Delhi: BCCI Joint Secretary Anurag Thakur on Wednesday supported Sachin Tendulkar's claim that the Australian had made a "shocking" suggestion to him to take over India's captaincy from Rahul Dravid months before the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.
Despite denial by Chappell, Thakur told PTI that Tendulkar would not indulge in cheap publicity to sell his autobiography to be released today. According to Thakur, Chappell wanted to Tendulkar to take over the captaincy from Dravid but the master batsman rejected the suggestion and and in turn suggested the name of Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the then BCCI president Sharad Pawar. "Many will support Sachin as I clearly remember the problems in the Indian team were not due to problems among the players. It was because of the coach," Thakur said.
Asked if he was endorsing what Tendulkar had said is true, Thakur said: "I think Sachin (Tendulkar) is not a person who will just write a thing for the sake of cheap publicity. He has played for India for two decades, known for his commitment for the game, known for his contribution to Indian cricket. "The glorious years were more than enough to sell a book, written on Sachin but stating some facts I think it was important. At least it has come to the public domain."
Speaking on the sidelines of India Economic Summit here, Thakur said during Chappell's period, "there was a communication gap between the coach and the players".
"In a way when a coach is not getting along with the players and specially senior players like Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and others it impacts the performance of the team. So it was in the interest of the Indian team and Indian cricket to replace the coach," he said.
On reports of rift between even the players then, Thakur said: "On that only players and Chappell can comment. All I can say is that everything was not good at that time."
Asked if the BCCI would issue a clarification over the matter, Thakur said: "I think the time has passed. Why do we need a clarity on the issue now? The things which have been mentioned now were affecting the Indian team then."
Meanwhile, Thakur said that the BCCI had raised the issue of West Indies' midway withdrawal from the tour of India with the ICC. "We have asked for compensation from the West Indies Cricket Board for the loses. We will not play with the West Indies in future programmes. We have also raised the issue with the ICC about the behaviour of the players and the board.
"The issue is that it is between two countries and the ICC would not be able to do much about it. But at least we have brought it in their notice," he said.