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Chappell's comments irk Ganguly, BCCI

Source: PTI
March 02, 2006 12:32 IST
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Peeved over Team India cricket coach Greg Chappell's "unwarranted remarks" on former skipper Sourav Ganguly, in an interview to a British paper, the Indian cricket Board may issue a warning to the Australian, asking him to desist making such controversial comments.

Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Niranjan Shah on Thursday said he would take up the matter with BCCI chief Sharad Pawar after which Chappell could be issued a formal warning.

"I will talk to BCCI president Sharad Pawar today and apprise him of what has happened. I got a call from Ganguly yesterday who complained over some unwarranted remarks made by Chappell on him. Chappell may be issued a warning," Shah said over phone from Rajkot.

Shah said Ganguly was especially annoyed by Chappell's comments he wanted to cling on to captaincy because of financial reasons.

"What had upset Ganguly most was Chappell's comments in the interview given to The Guardian newspaper that the Kolkata stalwart wanted to cling on to the India captaincy for financial reasons," Shah said.

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".

The former Australia captain also said, 'What I didn't realise at that stage was how utterly important to his life and finances being captain was.'

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