Bangalore, Nov 3 (UNI) Dismissing suggestions that senior players are being forced into retirement by the BCCI, Anil Kumble today insisted that his decision was a purely personal one.
''There was no talk of BCCI telling any player to retire. I don't think any player needs to be told about when to retire. It is all false,'' Kumble told mediapersons here.
''Nobody told me when to retire. Sourav took his decision, I took my own decision, there was no pressure. Let's leave it to the individuals. Criticism is fine but don't do it without reason. Don't start questioning the ability of the players.
There is no retirement scheme, that's rubbish,'' he added.
Kumble was responding to speculation that senior players have been asked by the BCCI to call it quits by the end of the India-England series this year.
Praising the leadership qualities of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Kumble said he would prove to be a successful captain and will take Indian cricket forward.
''This is the right decision and now I hand over this role to Dhoni. We have a very able leader in him. Team is also looking very nice I am sure it will continue to move forward. Indian cricket is in safe hands,'' he said.
''And as long as we do well as a team, it will be great. One day, which is soon, we will dominate world cricket.'' Kumble rated the tour to Australia earlier this year as the toughest of his career as it required handling off-field issues that ranged from a race row to a bitter umpiring dispute.
''Every match is tough but the Aussie series was really tough.
I had to handle a lot of things off the field. So it was hard and challenging,'' he felt. ''So there were a few lows but that's part of the game. Its a tough day for me even today because my father passed away this very day five years ago.'' Speaking of his future plans, Kumble said he is planning to open an academy for young cricketers.
''There are plans to start an academy, not immediately but in a couple of months. The groundwork has already started. I take interest in photography as well so may be I will try my hand at that,'' he revealed.
Kumble said he would miss the Indian dressing room which he shared with his fellow cricketers for 18 long years.
''You do miss the dressing room. But I will see them achieve their goals,'' he said.
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