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Chappell ready with team's report

cricket Updated: Mar 26, 2007 15:02 IST
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Team India coach Greg Chappell is unlikely to get an extension but the Australian is eager to meet cricket board officials and give his version of the disastrous World Cup campaign.

Chappell is likely to reach India with the squad when it leaves the Caribbean in the next two days.

It is understood that Chappell doesn't expect his contract to be renewed by the Indian cricket board but he still needs to meet his employers and, not the least, submit his report on India's performance in the World Cup.

The former Australian captain is aware that the nation would react strongly on the team's return and he could bear the brunt of their ire but he isn't the kind of person to shirk away from his responsibility.

Meanwhile, it is not sure that all members of the Indian team would return home as one unit. A few, it is learnt, are planning to spend a few days in London and the United States.

Manager Sanjay Jagdale, now that the league matches are over and Bangladesh have qualified, is waiting for ICC to arrange for their passage back home.

On Sunday, most Indian cricketers tried to follow the Bermuda-Bangladesh match on teleivision in their hotel rooms.

Sachin Tendulkar didn't come out of his room but young cricketers of the squad accepted the hospitality of team masseur, Ramesh Mane, and had lunch in his room.

Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, S Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan all got together and had rice with dal-makhani which Mane had cooked for them.

The mood was sombre but players found it difficult to pull themselves away from television even though it was a stop-start game. The most common discussion centred around the 20/20 format which the cricketers would be asked to play in domestic competition once they return home.

Sreesanth and Uthappa went out for a walk and by the time they returned in the evening, the game had become competitive. They followed the proceedings in the lobby and then went back to their rooms to watch the match till the end.

Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh went out to have coffee after lunch. They kept calling journalist friends to check on the scores of the match at Queen's Park Oval.

Most still were concerned over the "uprising" in India over team's failure and feared for the welfare of their families and friends.

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