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Amarnath’s revelation incredibly courageous, says Sunil Gavaskar

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday said it was 'incredibly courageous' of his contemporary Mohinder Amarnath to take on the Indian cricket board by revealing that the board chief overruled the national selectors when they wanted to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the team's skipper.

Amarnath raised a storm by saying that N Srinivasan, president of BCCI, overruled the selection committee's decision to sack Dhoni after the team had lost all the four Tests in Australia last season. Amarnath was part of the selection panel, headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.

Gavaskar, reacting to Amarnath's sensational disclosure, said that if someone has the courage of conviction, he has to be admired.

‘He is prepared to face the consequences. It is a testimony of his self-belief. It needs to be admired. What Jimmy has spoken is incredibly courageous and, may be, lessons need to be learnt from that,’ Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar said getting the team's approval from the BCCI president was an age-old protocol. ‘It's a protocol, actually. Any team selected does go to the board for approval, not just the captain, even the 14 or 16 selected for a Test or for an overseas tour. That's the protocol not just in India, but I understand that is the protocol even in Australia and England. The final approval is up to the board, so I don't think it is out of the ordinary.

‘Even in different committees they come to some sort of a decision. It goes to the working committee. From there  it goes to the full board,’ Gavaskar said.
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