'Big Three' know when is the right time to retire: BCCI secretary

In the aftermath of India’s debacle Down Under, critics have called for heads of senior Indian cricketers Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Raipur: Jan 21, 2012

Sanjay Jagdale, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary said on Saturday that senior India cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman know when is the right time to retire and the decision should be solely theirs.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, who form a solid Indian middle-order, have been through a rough patch in England and now in Australia, which is clearly evident in India s seven-match losing streak.

“They have played enough at the highest level and know when is the right time to leave. It’s the job of selectors to decide. The board doesn’t interfere in the selections matters. I know they haven’t done well in the last two away tours but it can happen to the best,” Jagdale said.

“The Australian media was after Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey before the start of the series. It was them who set up the victory in Melbourne Test which could have gone either way. You can’t buy experience,” the BCCI secretary was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Jagdale defended the national selection committee, saying that it was the best possible squad for the tour Down Under.

“If you see, this was the best possible side. It’s just that Australians utilized their conditions extremely well. Every team thrives in home conditions. Look at England. They began their series against Pakistan as the World No. 1, but lost in just three days, even though the wicket had no demons,” he said.

The BCCI secretary added, “Everyone is hurt with the loss… the fans, the BCCI, the media but we have to keep this in mind that it’s a sport. We will analyse all the things after the series.”

“Dravid was our best batsman just a couple of months ago. I told many youngsters to watch Dravid bat during the England tour. It was a perfect example of how to bat in conditions that favour the bowlers. Sachin has been batting very well. It’s just one of those rare series where he hasn’t scored hundreds,” he added.

“VVS has always played well under pressure. They all are trying very hard. It’s disappointing to lose and they must be more disappointed than all of us. Personally, I still back them to come good,” said Jagdale.