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Chappell may be issued a warning by BCCI

The coach in a recent interview had said that Ganguly wanted to retain captaincy because of financial reasons.

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 12:12 IST

Peeved over Team India cricket coach Greg Chappell's "unwarranted remarks" on former skipper Sourav Ganguly in an interview to a British paper, the Cricket Board may issue a warning to the Australian to desist from making such controversial comments.

BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah on Thursday said that he would take up the matter with the BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar after which Chappell could be issued a formal warning.

"I will talk to BCCI President Sharad Pawar on Thursday and apprise him of what has happened. I got a call from Ganguly on Wednesday who complained over some unwarranted remarks made by Chappell on him. Chappell may be issued a warning," Shah said.

The BCCI secretary 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 in the interview given to The Guardian newspaper that the Kolkata stalwart wanted to cling on to the India captaincy for financial reasons," Shah said.

In the interview, Chappell said he had advised Ganguly to step down as captain 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."

First Published: Mar 02, 2006 12:12 IST