BCCI warns Greg for Sourav remarks
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BCCI warns Greg for Sourav remarks

The Board asked the Indian coach to give comments on team's performance only.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 20:07 IST

The Indian Cricket Board on Thursday warned coach Greg Chappell against making "unwarranted" remarks in the media about former captain Sourav Ganguly and asked him to "confine his comments to performance of the team".

The formal warning to Chappell was issued by the BCCI through a letter barely a day after the controversial remarks on Ganguly was published.

"We have written to Chappell regarding his interview in The Guardian and particularly his comments on Ganguly. We feel those remarks were unwarranted," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah told PTI over phone.

"We have asked him (Chappell) to confine his comments to performance of the team. And we are confident that these things will not be repeated in the future."

In the interview, Chappell had said that he advised Ganguly to step down as captain (during the tour of Zimbabwe last September) in his own interest "to give himself mind space to work on his batting so that it could be resurrected but he was not prepared to do that."

The former Australian captain also said, "what I didn't realise at that stage was how utterly important to his life and finances being captain was."

Shah said Ganguly was especially annoyed over Chappell's comments that the former Indian skipper wanted to cling on to captaincy because of financial reasons.

"What had upset Ganguly most was Chappell's comments that the Kolkata stalwart wanted to cling on to the India captaincy for financial reasons," he said.

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 19:48 IST