Pataudi recommends probe into selection meeting leak

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New Delhi, Nov 25 (UNI) Former skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi has recommended a probe into the leak of the Selections Committee meeting, which claimed that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had offered to resign as Indian captain over RP Singh's exclusion from the team.

As reported, Dhoni had a heated argument with the selectors over RP Singh's exclusion for the fourth and fifth ODI against England and he even offered to quit from his post if his demands were not met.

Pataudi said the episode was akin to the 'leak' of Greg Chappell's e-mail, which had some strong words against former captain Sourav Ganguly.

''The leak is like the Sourav Ganguly one and this should not happen. I think it must be stopped and if the BCCI wants to have an inquiry, then I would certainly recommend it,'' Pataudi said.

However, Dhoni had described the whole episode as 'disgusting' and he neither denied nor accepted the reports.

Pataudi, meanwhile, backed Dhoni for his stand and said even he would have reacted in the same manner.

''I think Dhoni had the right to be annoyed and I think he has put forward his views fairly clearly. The nation has understood that Dhoni was annoyed because there was a leak not because 'A' player was selected and 'B' wasn't,'' Pataudi told ESPN-STAR Sports.

The former Indian captain also advocated that the captain should take the final call while selecting from two players of equal caliber.

''When two players are equal then it should be a captain's choice,'' he said but denied that the captain should be given a voting power.


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