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Shukla denies rift between Tendulkar and Chappell

cricket Updated: Apr 04, 2007 17:06 IST

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BCCI Vice-President Rajiv Shukla on Wednesday said he did not feel there was a conflict between Sachin Tendulkar and coach Greg Chappell as projected in the media but at the same time advised cricketers not to give statements in media.

Shukla said cricket players, coach and BCCI office bearers should not go directly to media but discuss the issues in the two-day BCCI meeting to be held on Friday and Saturday.

"I don't feel there was any confilct between Chappell and Sachin... They should not have given any statement in the media and if there was any complaint they should put before the BCCI and not the media," he said.

A newspaper on Wednesday quoted Tendulkar as saying that Chappell's reported comments questioning the players' attitude "hurt them the most".

"We do realise that we played badly and, as a team, we take full responsibility for that. But what hurt us the most is if the coach has questioned our attitude," he said.

Chappell reportedly had said the senior players including Tendulkar had attitude problems.

Regarding Indian Cricket League announced by Subash Chandra, the owner of ZEE Telefilms, Shukla said the Board have received a proposal to this effect and "it would be discussed in the BCCI meeting on April 6-7.