Former cricketers welcome BCCI move to appoint Tendulkar & Co
New Delhi: Former India cricketers today hailed the BCCI's decision to appoint retired greats Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly in its cricket advisory committee, terming it a "step in the right direction."
Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman were today inducted into the BCCI's newly-constituted cricket advisory committee to guide the Board and the national team on various "progressive steps" needed for future challenges.
Legendary spinner Erapalli Prasanna called it a "good idea" and also urged the panel to work its way to unearth talented spin bowlers who will be serving the country for long time.
"The idea is good. They have a huge responsibility at hand. I am a keen follower of Indian cricket and what I find is a tremendous shortage of effective spin bowlers in the country. Our team can't do well if the bowling attack doesn't have good spinners. I expect the 'Big Three' look into this aspect," Prasanna told PTI.
The master off-spinner also wants age-group cricketers to interact with the trio on a regular basis. Laxman is already associated with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)'s 'Vision 2020' Project where he guides talented youngsters from the eastern state from time to time.
"Another thing I would want them to do is share their experiences with cricketers at all levels, starting from grassroot. They have to take Indian cricket forward," said Prasanna.
Prasanna's teammate and 1983 World Cup winning wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani said: "I'm really glad that they have been inducted into the advisory committee. It's a move in the right direction."
But at the same time he raised a question on why BCCI was overlooking cricketers of his era who are eager to still contribute something to the game.
"No doubt, the BCCI is the best sporting body in the world and they're looking after their former cricketers like= no other association. There're no two ways about it.
But why are the veteran cricketers of my era like Mohinder Amarnath, who have taught and inspired these recently-retired cricketers, are forgotten? That's my only question," Kirmani seemed a trifle upset with the board for overlooking cricketers from 70's and 80's.