Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin slammed the Rising Pune Supergiants management for sacking MS Dhoni as captain of the team for the upcoming tenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“The decision and manner of execution was third-rate and disgraceful. Dhoni has been a jewel in Indian cricket, he has won almost everything in the 8-9 years of his captaincy and even though the franchise can say they run the team with their own money, shouldn’t they have seen Dhoni’s stature and credibility before first stripping him of captaincy and then not even letting Dhoni the grace? I feel angry and sad as a former cricketer,” Azharuddin told ‘Aaj Tak’.
The RPS franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka recently made the announcement that Dhoni will not lead the team in the upcoming season of the IPL. Australian skipper Steven Smith has been handed the captaincy role.
Pune finished seventh in their maiden appearance last year at the IPL, and Azharuddin felt it was not correct to put all the blame on Dhoni.
“What will a captain do when the team doesn’t play well? If Dhoni wasn’t good and an inspirational captain would he have won two IPL titles (leading Chennai Super Kings)? Belittling Indian sporting legends like Dhoni through corporate board rooms is stooping down to the lowest.”
Azhar said he was hurt more by the way the decision was announced. “If they had wanted to change the captaincy they should have gone to Dhoni and given him the grace to quit on his own and tell the world it was his own decision.
“That would have given him an honourable exit but when you keep thinking like a businessman, you actually don’t think about the sportsman. I feel the BCCI should not let this go and should deal with it,” Azhar said.