Srikkanth supports Sachin Tendulkar's decision to continue playing international cricket

Kapil Dev and other former greats had expressed that Sachin Tendulkar should have retired from ODIs after India won the 2011 World Cup PTI

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Mar 26, 2012

Krishnamachari Srikkanth supported Sachin Tendulkar s decision to continue playing for India. The chairman of the national selection committee dismissed suggestions made by former players, including Kapil Dev, that Tendulkar should call it quits.

“Today is the time to celebrate To score a hundred in a league match is difficult. At any level, a hundred is a hundred and this man has got 100 of them in One-Day Internationals and Tests put together. It is time for the nation to celebrate. It is not just an achievement for him but for every Indian. To play 23 long years at the highest level and maintain the level at the top is no joke. It is time to appreciate him and congratulate him. Rather than talking negative things. Sachin Tendulkar knows what to do, what not to do,” Srikkanth opined in a chat with television channel, Headlines Today.

Srikkanth avoided commenting about the alleged rift within the Indian team. Instead, he replied. “When a team is losing, everything from the outside feels wrong. When the same team was winning matches, nobody questioned. I am not willing to comment on this.”

The chairman, however, accepted the blame for India s dismal showings and Bishan Singh Bedi critical comments about the selectors in this regard. “I respect Mr Bishan Singh Bedi. He is a great cricketer. He has his point of view and I respect everybody s point of view.”

He said that his post gives him the responsibility for India s performances and he is willing to cop the blame for things not going right. “If you think as the chairman of the selection committee, I should take the blame for India s performance; I am willing to accept it. It is a responsibility given to me by the board and I respect the responsibility.”

He added, “It is just a bad season. Cricket is a sport; sometimes you win sometimes you lose. Fair enough; I accept that we have lost. But I think there were a few occasions in both England and the Australia series where we could have capitalised on a few opportunities.”