Shashikanth: 'It was a rude shock'

P.V. Shashikanth has reacted with disappointment to being dismissed as head coach of Karnataka.

P.V. Shashikanth has been replaced as head-coach of Karnataka.   -  SUDHAKARA JAIN

P.V. Shashikanth has reacted with disappointment to being dismissed as head coach of Karnataka. Shashikanth and assistant coach G.K. Anil Kumar were replaced with Yere Goud and S. Arvind in what the KSCA described as a "unanimous" decision on Friday.

"It came as a rude shock," Shashikanth said. "We won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and got to the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy. We topped the South Zone league in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. What more can we do?"

He added: "For two seasons there had been no silverware and we delivered it. You only sack people when they do terribly. If we had failed to even qualify for the Ranji Trophy knockouts, then it was understandable. We felt we had done a good job. We were actually preparing for the next season."

He had received no explanation, Shashikanth stated. "They said, 'We are making changes.' What for? Has the team done badly? We are unable to figure it out. At least they should have discussed it with us and not informed us all of a sudden. But we are moving on. We can't brood over it."