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Chappell was unhappy with team selection

The coach says he was unhappy with the attitude of some senior players towards selection of the youngsters.

cricket Updated: Mar 28, 2007 11:46 IST


Indian coach Greg Chappell was unhappy with the way some senior players went against the selection of youngsters for the World Cup, it was disclosed by a veteran cricket journalist on Tuesday.

In an SMS sent to Rajan Bala, Feb 17, Chappell also said that selection committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar concurred with the seniors, a private news channel showed the journalist reading the text message from his mobile phone.

"The senior players fought against it and the chairman went with them out of fear of media, if youth did not perform," Chappell wrote in his SMS to Bala.

In the same message, the Australian pointed out that wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Kaarthick had leadership material.

"Kaarthick will be a very good batsman and by the way, he is a potential leader. You are also very right about Yuvi," Chappell said, referring to an article written by Bala.

In that article Bala was not very complimentary about Yuvraj Singh.

The journalist had written, "He (Yuvraj) might or might not develop to be the country's best future batsman, but let it be known that the possibility of his not being fully fit during the World Cup cannot be discounted. It is a risk that is being taken. The problem with Yuvraj is that he believes he is a star when he is only a rising one."

Chappell had also informed the writer, "Batsman Suresh Raina is a must. But he was not wanted."

First Published: Mar 28, 2007 11:04 IST