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    Time for young blood in Test team: Pawar

    New Delhi: In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN, International Cricket Council (ICC) President Sharad Pawar on Saturday called for infusion of young blood in the Indian cricket team following their disastrous Test tour of Australia.

    Pawar however said that it was the decision of the selectors to decide whether the senior players are to be sacked or not and not that of the Cricket Board.

    "Time has come for some changes in the Indian cricket team. The team should now infuse younger generation. One has to take risks and give opportunity to the younger generation. Such a move might change the entire atmosphere in the team," Pawar said.

    "Lots of senior players in the team have been very useful but they are not doing well. Time has definitely come to give chances to the youngsters. There are a galaxy of young talented cricketers in the country to be included," he told 'CNN-IBN'.

    Asked about India's disastrous performance in England and Australia, Pawar said, "They have not done well and there is room for improvement."

    Pawar refused to comment on the speculation that some senior players would get the boot and said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has no role in such a decision.

    "I don't think that the players or the BCCI has any role in this. It is the job of the selection committee. During my time as president of BCCI I have never discussed with the selectors to include or exclude any player. It must also be the same during the time of Shashank Manohar and the current dispensation," said Pawar.

    "BCCI never interferes in player selection," he said.