Former Indian Cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar says BCCI only knows how to make money

Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar, a revered figure in Indian cricket, expressed his opinion on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee and took a dig, suggesting that some selectors lacked both foresight and profound knowledge of their responsibilities.

The Indian cricket team has faced significant criticism for its inability to secure ICC titles. Following their recent unsuccessful performance in the World Test Championship final, numerous former cricketers have strongly criticized both the team and the management for certain decisions.

Dilip Vengsarkar highlighted the case of Shikhar Dhawan being appointed as the captain of the Indian team during the 2021 Sri Lanka tour, which coincided with the presence of several senior Indian players in England. This example was used to illustrate the historical lack of vision among past selectors.

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“The unfortunate part is that the selectors I have seen over the last six-seven years neither have the vision, deep knowledge about the game or cricketing sense. They made Shikhar Dhawan India captain (when tours overlapped and main players were unavailable); it is where you can groom the future captain.” – Vengsarkar said.

Expressing his disappointment, Vengsarkar emphasized that the selectors have failed to groom suitable candidates for the captaincy role in the Indian team. He also took a swipe at the BCCI, implying that solely relying on the Indian Premier League (IPL) would not suffice.

“You haven’t groomed anybody. You just play as it comes. You talk about the richest cricket board in the world, where is the bench strength? Just having IPL, earning crores of rupees in media rights, it should not be the only achievement.” – a furious Dilip Vengsarkar concluded.