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BCCI denies issuing any directive

Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it did not give any directive to the selectors to drop or select any particular player for the Bangladesh tour as reported in the media.

``I totally deny having written to Dilip Vengsarkar (selection panel chief) to choose or drop any player,'' BCCI secretary, Niranjan Shah, said on Saturday.

``The selectors knew that the Working Committee had given a directive (on April 7) to choose a young team and they all knew about it. I need not give any additional instruction,'' he said.

The Board official was referring to Friday's media reports that he had instructed Vengsarkar through a letter to omit Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly for the three one-day internationals against Bangladesh next month.

Vengsarkar told the media that Tendulkar and Ganguly have been "rested" for the ODIs in Bangladesh because of the vast number of ODIs (45) India is to play this season. — PTI

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