Mumbai:Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar, who had just about survived his battle with the BCCI over his newspapers columns, has survived another controversy.
The whole "select the team over the phone" episode, which was enacted out over the last two days and of which NDTV had e-mail evidence, has finally reached a truce of sorts.
Sources have told NDTV that the selection meeting will indeed be in Kolkata as per the Colonel's request and not over the phone as was reported yesterday.
BCCI Secretary, Niranjan Shah had apparently turned down Vengsarkar's request to shift the selection meeting from Bangalore to Kolkata and had asked him to select the team for the third India-Pakistan Test over the phone.
But now, Shah has justified his stand saying firstly that selection over the phone is not that uncommon, but he's also clarified that selection for the third Test will not be over the phone.
"There is no cold war with Vengsarkar, when you take up a job with the BCCI, there are some rules and regulations and it is my responsibility to impose those rules," said Niranjan Shah.
Juggling controversies of course is something the BCCI is not new to.
The startling revelations of what former South African player Gary Kirsten wrote in his tour diary from South Africa's India tour of 1996-97 about appalling living conditions in India must have put the BCCI in a tight spot, but Niranjan Shah managed to wriggle out of that one as well.
"Back then he was a player, now he is going to be a coach. He would see everything with a new mindset," said Niranjan Shah.
10 years is truly a long time and people and their opinions can change in that period.
But there is no denying the fact that this is clearly not the last that we have seen of the pandoras box that the skeletons in Kirsten's closet have opened up.
But of course, you can always trust the BCCI to put them back in.