Pataudi backs Dhoni, wants BCCI to probe 'leak'

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi sought a probe into the 'leak' which claimed MS Dhoni had offered to quit captaincy following selection disputes.

updated: November 24, 2008 15:38 IST
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New Delhi:

Irked how a confidential debate made its way to the media, former skipper Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi on Monday sought a probe into the 'leak' which claimed Mahendra Singh Dhoni had offered to resign from India captain's post following selection disputes.

An enraged Pataudi said it was akin to the 'leak' of Greg Chappell's e-mail which had some nasty things to say about former captain Sourav Ganguly.

"The leak is like the Sourav Ganguly one and this should not happen. I think it must be stopped and if the BCCI wants to have an inquiry, then I would certainly recommend it," Pataudi said.

According to reports, Dhoni was upset after Irfan Pathan was preferred over RP Singh for the last three ODIs against England and offered to resign after the selectors ignored his opinion.

Though Dhoni neither confirmed nor denied offering to quit, he said the entire episode was "disgusting".

Pataudi threw his weight behind Dhoni and said he probably would have reacted the same way.

"I think Dhoni had the right to be annoyed and I think he has put forward his views fairly clearly. The nation has understood that Dhoni was annoyed because there was a leak not because 'A' player was selected and 'B' wasn't," Pataudi told a sports channel.

Though Pataudi did not advocate a voting power for the captain, he felt the skipper should take the final call when choosing from two players of equal ability.

"When two players are equal then it should be a captain's choice," he said.