Perth, Feb 7: Hard-hitting Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said that Indian cricketers will be 'pretty happy' if Sahara India continued to sponsor them.
"Sahara are main sponsor for the last couple of years, and we love to have Sahara on our chests, we are pretty happy if Sahara will continue," Sehwag said. He said that the team will respect the decision taken by Sahara India.
"It's their decision and we respect their decision....It is his decision if he wants to continue with the team. He can continue with the team or otherwise he can pull out," Sehwag said.
Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N.Srinivasan said that he was open for dialogues to sort out the issues with Sahara India. "Most certainly, we are ready to meet and sort out the matters. We have no problems with that. We do appreciate what Sahara have done. They might have felt aggrieved and did not get what they wanted from the IPL. We had good relationships and so we should sort out the issues," Srinivasan said. Srinivasan said that there could be serious grievances on part of Sahara India and hoped everything will be sorted out amicably. "Personally yes. I am open to dialogue and BCCI is open to dialogue. We recognise there were grievances on their part but there was no reason to break suddenly." Srinivasan refused to go to the specific issues related to Sahara. "It has been an up and down relationship but when we meet I hope most of the issues will be resolved. There is an opportunity to sit across the table with Sahara. All issues will be discussed but it will be premature to speak about the issues now," the BCCI chief said.
Sahara India announced on Saturday their decision of withdrawing sponsorship to the Indian cricket team and the Indian Premiere League (IPL) side Sahara Pune Warriors. Sahara India said that they will not be able to drag the one-sided emotional relationship with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). “We really feel such one-sided emotional relationship cannot be dragged any further. We are withdrawing from all cricket under BCCI. However, we don’t want to give any problem to the BCCI and we also feel that the players should not suffer,” Sahara India said in a statement on Saturday.