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No more controversy over Greg: Aiyar

cricket Updated: May 17, 2007 14:31 IST
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There no longer exists any controversy over Indian cricket team's former coach Greg Chappell, Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Thursday.

"It has been reported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that there is no controversy any more regarding foreign coach Greg Chappell who has finished his term," he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

Aiyar said the government has taken note of the dismal performance of the Indian cricket team at the World Cup.

"Government took up the matter with the BCCI which has informed that the team did not perform to its full potential and has held the team collectively responsible for its poor performance," he said.

"BCCI says they are taking necessary steps to improve the preparation of the Indian cricket team for participation in major events."

"These included intensive training inputs in different aspects of the game, norms in terms of minimum level of participation in domestic competitions and encouraging young potential players," Aiyar said.

The BCCI has reported that through its affiliated units it is ensuring that a major share of income generated is utilised for promotion and development of cricket from the grassroot level, he said.

State units have been advised to upgrade infrastructure facilities in stadia, set up playing grounds with basic amenities, support cricket at grossroot level, start state cricket academies and prepare lively and sporting wickets, the minister said.

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