The patron-in-chief of the Indian cricket board, Jagmohan Dalmiya, has denied allegations that he brought about captain Sourav Ganguly's removal.
Dalmiya remains a powerful figure in Indian cricket
Ganguly was replaced as captain and has not found a place in the side after a public spat with coach Greg Chappell.
Inderjit Singh Bindra - like Dalmiya an ex-board president - accused him of a U-turn after first backing Ganguly.
But Dalmiya told BBC Sport: "This is nothing but dirty tricks played against me. This is an attempt to malign me."
He added: "How can they bring Ganguly into the picture? This is nothing but a ploy to disrupt the focus of Ganguly.
"The comments were well timed on Friday since Ganguly was playing a match (for East Zone against a Zimbabwe President's XI) in Mumbai which started yesterday.
"They tried to do the same thing by bringing up Greg Chappell's name in a controversy, but now everyone can see the results of the four matches played under his coaching against Sri Lanka.
"It is unfortunate that players' and coaches' names are being used like this."
Bindra, president of the Punjab Cricket Association, claimed on the PCA website that Dalmiya had engineered Ganguly's downfall and influenced team selection.
The war of words between the duo is part of a long-running battle for control of the world's richest cricket board.
Dalmiya, a former president of the International Cricket Council, remains a powerful figure in Indian cricket.
The elections of the cricket board are barely a month away, with Dalmiya a firm backer of current president Ranbir Singh Mahendra.
"All these allegations and counter-allegations are politically motivated," explained Indian sports journalist Bobilli Vijay Kumar.
"The internal feud within the cricket board is showing up with names of coaches and players brought in."