Mumbai: Former chief selector Sandeep Patil revealed exposive details about dropping Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar from the ODI team in 2012. In an interview with a TV channel, Patil said that Sachin would have been dropped from the Indian team had he not announced his retirement. There were media reports that Sachin was nudged by the selectors to leave at the time of his decision to retire.
Patil said, "On December 12, 2012, we met Sachin and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin... and had informed the board too about it. Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because at the time of the next meeting, Sachin called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him."
In an interview to the same group's website, though, Patil has come out with a slightly different version of how he 'managed' Tendulkar's ODI retirement. "As long as I remember, it was December 12, 2012, Nagpur. Sachin got out and the selectors decided to meet him and ask him about his wish. I was the one who staged the meet, being the chairman of selectors, and it was purely to understand what was running in his mind. It was a good thing to do. It did not happen in one day, one month or one year, it took two long years. Sachin retired in 2013. The meeting in Nagpur was just to ask his plans. Sachin wanted to concentrate more on Test cricket. So, it was decided that he would retire from One-day cricket. He called me and Sanjay Jagdale (then BCCI secretary). Then it was collectively decided that he would retire from ODIs."
But in his last press conference before he quit as chief selector, when media persons asked whether Sachin was told in advance to call it a day before the hurriedly arranged three-Test series against the West Indies in 2013, Patil had then said, "There are some matters between the selectors and BCCI which should remain confidential and cannot be revealed."
Sachin Tendulkar had received an emotional farewell at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his hometown, in November 2013.
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