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It was a collective failure, says Chappell

The former Australian captain refuses to pinpoint any individual for the team's loss to Sri Lanka.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Port-of-spain
UPDATED ON MAR 24, 2007 02:15 PM IST

Coach Greg Chappell has said that India's World Cup debacle was a collective failure and believed that a "system was in place" to ensure his and the players' safety when they return home.

The former Australian captain refused to pinpoint any individual for the team's loss to Sri Lanka on Friday that left them all but knocked out of the tournament, but said "a serious introspection" was needed to correct the team's overseas record.

"I would take some of the responsibility but I don't think blame could be apportioned on any single individual. It's a collective responsibility," said Chappell as he faced a barrage of questions in a packed media room.

India were left with just one win, against minnows Bermuda, from three matches in the group phase. Their hopes in the quadrennial event now rely on Bermuda pulling off an improbably win against Bangladesh on Sunday.

India's loss to Bangladesh in their opening game sparked widespread protests and demonstrations back home.

Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer was killed on Sunday a day after the team's loss to Ireland. Speculation was rife that either the betting mafia or an extremely volatile fan upset with the team's poor show was behind the murder.

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