I don’t have a say in the selection process: Dhoni

Last Updated: Jan 31, 2012, 15:59 PM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Sydney: Beleaguered Indian cricket team captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed his angst on selection matters against the BCCI on Monday.

Speaking to a leading daily, he said “I don`t have a say in selection. I ask for certain players, send it in writing to the selectors and when the squad is announced their names are missing,”

Dhoni has been under a lot of criticism over team India’s dismal showing Down Under and his captaincy. Dhoni also offered to quit the leadership role in the longer format of the game if the BCCI feels there is a better replacement waiting in the wings.

Dhoni said if somebody could do a better job than him in Tests, then he will be more than happy to step down as captain for the sake of the team.

"It (captaincy) doesn`t belong to anyone. It`s a position I hold, and it`s an added responsibility. I always like to do well till I am in job but it`s not something I want to stick to. If there is a better replacement, he can come in," Dhoni said today ahead of Wednesday first Twenty20 game Australia.

At the end of the day, you want India to perform. If there is someone who can do a better job, captaincy should be given to him. It`s not something you have to cling on to," said Dhoni as speculation grew over his Test future both as a batsman and captain.

Dhoni now has lost seven straight Test matches abroad as captain and as a batsman, his stocks have really fallen low on foreign pitches.

(With Agency Inputs)