Srinath: ‘Have not thought about Guha’s suggestion’

Ramachandra Guha, in a letter to Vinod Rai, had suggested Srinath’s name as his replacement in the CoA.

Former Indian Cricketer Javagal Srinath said the time was not appropriate to air one’s views on alleged rift between chief coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli.   -  V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath today did not comment on Ramachandra Guha’s suggestion that he should be inducted into the Committee of Administrators (CoA).

Guha, in a letter to Vinod Rai, had suggested Srinath’s name as his replacement after he tendered his resignation yesterday.

“I have not heard anything of that sort. I have not even applied my mind to that (on the issue). I think I will first see what has been written and what has been said and maybe react later,” Srinath told reporters today.

He felt that time was not appropriate to air one’s views on alleged rift between chief coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli. “Time is not right to speak about it (controversy), I think we all need to be a little more positive to see this issue. We want India to do well in this (Champions Trophy) tournament,” Srinath said.

“Anil has a big stature in Indian cricket and Virat Kohli is a wonderful talent. I think we should allow them to finish this tournament first. We should wish the Indian team instead of speculating about who said what and what the differences are,” he said.

“I think we need to support them in unison to make sure India wins this tournament. There is no point in discussing these things,” he said.

On the Champions Trophy, Srinath, the veteran of 229 ODIs and 67 Tests, said, “We have a good crop of fast bowlers. IPL has done a good job in keeping them match fit. The more you bowl, the better you are. Two months of constant cricket under pressure, I think that is a great preparation for the Champions Trophy.”

He also added: “Indian team has been playing good cricket. I feel this Indian team is all ready to play the Champions Trophy.”

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