All big teams go through transition: BCCI chief

N Srinivasan said history has shown that all powerful teams go through a period of transition so it is not fair to talk of seniors right now AFP

New Delhi: Feb 24, 2012

“All powerful teams go through a period of transition” – this was BCCI President N Srinivasan’s take on the future of Indian cricket team but he gave no indication as to when the much-talked about phase-out of seniors will happen.

“I do not know when it will happen. I am not a selector but history has shown that all powerful teams go through a period of transition. It is not fair to talk of seniors right now,” Srinivasan said.

“They (the seniors) are still there and it is for the selectors to decide what they want to do,” he told ‘The Week’ magazine in an interview.

The Indian team is going through one of its worst phases in recent memory, having suffered consecutive Test whitewashes in England and Australia besides strong speculation of rift between skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior members such as Virender Sehwag in the team.

Talking about the performance of the team, Srinivasan said, “On the field, we did well in India but our performance in Australia in Tests has led to lot of criticism. We should not make any comments while the tour is on. Let us wait and see.”

Apart from the poor show on the field, Indian cricket is also grappling with sponsorship and broadcast rows but the BCCI chief was unfazed.

“On the broadcaster issue, the matter is before the court, so I cannot speak much except that it is a contractual matter and the BCCI has exercised its rights under the contract,” Srinivasan said referring to the termination of the broadcast deal with Nimbus following which the company took the matter to court.(PTI)