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Indian board warns Chappell about remarks on Ganguly

Written by Kashif Aziz on March 3rd, 2006   (457 views)

The Indian board has warned Greg Chappell against making “unwarranted” remarks in the media about Sourav Ganguly and asked him to “confine his comments to performance of the team”.

The formal warning to Chappell was issued by the BCCI through a letter barely a day after the controversial remarks on Ganguly was published. “We have written to Chappell regarding his interview in The Guardian and particularly his comments on Ganguly. We feel those remarks were unwarranted,” Niranjan Shah, the secretary told PTI. “We have asked him [Chappell] to confine his comments to performance of the team. And we are confident that these things will not be repeated in the future.”

This follows a complaint to the board from Sourav Ganguly, the former captain, regarding certain remarks the coach made in an interview to a British newspaper.

“What had upset Ganguly most was Chappell’s comments in the interview given to the newspaper that the Kolkata stalwart wanted to cling on to the India captaincy for financial reasons.”

In the interview, Chappell said he had advised Ganguly to step down as captain in his own interest “to give himself mind space to work on his batting so that it could be resurrected but he was not prepared to do that”. Chappell was also quoted as saying that “what I didn’t realise at that stage was how utterly important to his life and finances being captain was”.

This is the latest controversy in what has been a chequered series of events involving Chappell, Ganguly and the Indian board. Since taking over as India’s coach last May, Chappell and Ganguly have not seen eye to eye on most issues, culminating in a controversial public spat in September. Ganguly, meanwhile, has found himself in and out of the Test side.

The emotional nature of the issue was highlighed after a full-house crowd at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Ganguly’s home city, during a one-day international against South Africa in November booed the Indian team following their dismal performance. Chappell who was heckled by Ganguly’s fans outside the ground responded by making a finger gesture.

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