BCCI asks Kirsten to stop making statements

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Mumbai, Sep 4 (UNI) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today warned the Indian coach Gary Kirsten from making statements in the media regarding Mahendra Singh Dhoni's captaincy.

Kirsten was reported to have said that Dhoni was ready for Test captaincy after successfully captaining in the ODI team.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah, speaking from Rajkot, categorically told Kirsten to avoid airing his personal views in media and focus on his job of coaching.

''As per the rules and regulations, Kirsten should not have spoken such things in the media, it is not his job. We have the selectors to decide who should be the captain,'' Shah stated.

''His job is to coach the Indian team and not give interviews on the selection matters or the captaincy. His comments have not gone down well with those concerned because he is an important member of the support staff. But I will still give him the benefit of doubt,'' Shah said.

The cricket board secretary also dismissed the notion that Kumble should hang up his boots.

''Anil is a great cricketer and he knows well when to quit. As long as he is in form, I don't think the selectors are going to drop him,'' he said.

Kirsten had told a television channel earlier this week that ODI skipper Dhoni was ready to take over the Test captaincy from Anil Kumble.

''He (Dhoni) is ready for it (Test captaincy) but there is no need to rush as of now. Kumble has done an exceptional job, he is a great leader and he is toiling in many overs for India. He is prepared to do 30 overs in a day. But he is on the other side of the physical side of the game.'' Shah said Kumble was doing well and the selectors were not contemplating any change at the helm of the Test team.

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