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Dhoni offered to resign as captain: reports

November 22, 2008 15:08 IST

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni reportedly offered to resign from the high-profile post following paceman Rudra Pratap Singh's exclusion from the ODI team, media reports said on Saturday.

However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India vehemently denied the development.

According to television reports, Dhoni had a disagreement with the selectors during the meeting on Thursday to pick the team for the fourth and fifth matches of the ongoing series against England.

Dhoni was unhappy that the selectors decided to drop R P Singh and include Irfan Pathan in his place and offered to resign, reports claimed, quoting an unnamed source close to one of the selectors.

The BCCI, however, was quick to rubbish the reports.

"I can't respond to something that is being floated around by somebody", BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said.

The Indian players are currently in Bangalore to play the fourth ODI against England on Sunday and the team management could not be immediately reached for their comments. Dhoni's customary pre-match press conference is scheduled to be held later in the afternoon.

The reports further added that BCCI president Shashank Manohar was forced to interfere and sort out the issue.

The newly formed selection committee, headed by former Indian captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth had met on Thursday in Kanpur for the team selection when the differences apparently cropped up.

Last year, Rahul Dravid too had relinquished captaincy. Lack of say in selection matters was widely touted as the reason behind Dravid's abrupt decision.

Senior BCCI official Rajiv Shukla said the reports are not true.

"The reports are baseless and we cannot comment on such reports. There were no differences between the selectors and Dhoni", Shukla said.

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