New Delhi: India`s most successful Test skipper Sourav Ganguly says the time is not right for senior players to retire and selectors should not force them to quit the game.
"Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman should decide on their own when it comes to taking a call on quitting the game. The day their performance drops, they will leave on their own," Ganguly said.
"Dravid and Laxman have already phased out from ODI cricket. Sachin also plays very less. It is good to see youngsters perform so well in the shorter format but I am more worried about Tests.”
"We haven`t seen anyone who can challenge these seniors. Definitely, the time hasn`t come to phase out seniors in Tests," Ganguly added.
1983 World Cup winning captain, Kapil Dev, however, felt selectors should take the decision and proposed an orderly phase out of the seniors.
"It is the selectors who will have to take a call on their retirement. A player never likes to retire. Selectors should see the bigger picture and take a tough decision. But, they (selectors) should this while giving full respect to these seniors," Kapil told reporters.
"All three seniors - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman should not play together in a single Test. Two of them can play and one can be rested so that a youngster can be tested in his place.”
"In this manner, we can give a chance to a talented youngster without taking too much risk and making too many changes all of a sudden," Kapil added.