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Mallya not happy with Bangalore Royal squad

New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) Currently languishing at the bottom of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table, the Bangalore Royal Challengers team owner Vijay Mallya has said he was not happy with the squad, which has been ridiculed as a Test team in Twenty20 jersey.

Mallya said skipper Rahul Dravid and CEO Charu Sharma of the team completely ignored the players he had in mind.

''I had my own list (of players) but the fact is Rahul Dravid and Charu Sharma had their own list and at the end of the day, I decided to take the back seat,'' Mallya told NDTV.

''I was very tempted to bid for players whom I wanted but they held me back. Obviously things have turned out differently,'' he said.

The liquor baron said in the second auction, where Dravid was not present, the former CEO discouraged him to buy players of his choice.

''When Rahul Dravid was not present in the second auction, I wanted to acquire some players but Charu Sharma was very tentative about them. I mean I bought Misbah-ul Haq because I was determined to do it. There were other players I was discouraged about,'' Mallya added.

On sacking Charu and replacing him with former Test player Brijesh Patel, Mallya said, ''Charu Sharma was appointed CEO because I thought he understood cricket and he would add value to the team and the entire Royal Challengers initiative.'' UNI CS SBC HS1444

Story first published: Monday, May 12, 2008, 15:49 [IST]
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