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Ganguly stays, Greg stays

And Indian cricket stays in the same mess into which it had got itself ever since the row between the captain and the coach exploded into the open and became the biggest controversy to threaten the game here since the match fixing scandal. What others say |Who's right?

india Updated: Dec 28, 2005 15:04 IST

Sourav Ganguly stays. Greg Chappell stays. And Indian cricket stays in the same mess into which it had got itself ever since the row between the captain and the coach exploded into the open and became the biggest controversy to threaten the game here since the match fixing scandal.

Ganguly, however, gained a slight moral high ground after BCCI president Ranbir Mahendra said today that one of the main accusations in Chappell’s leaked email — that Ganguly faked injury — was “far from the truth”.

Ganguly himself came out with a sensational 10-page document of his own that refutes some of the coach’s accusations and brings counter charges.

Sources in the BCCI said that among other things, Ganguly said:

At the game in Mutare, Chappell went out for the toss with the opposition captain while the team was still at net practice. Neither the captain nor his players knew about this. Ganguly felt terribly insulted.

Chappell’s accusation that Ganguly was scared of facing fast bowling was a lie. As was his allegation that the captain had faked his elbow injury in Mutare. Ganguly wrote that he had spoken to Dravid (not out overnight on 100) about wanting to go out the next day and get some practice. Why, Ganguly asked, would he volunteer to go out when the new ball was due if he was scared of fast bowling? The captain wrote that along with Laxman, he faced four-to five overs against the new ball. He then felt he felt a click in his elbow and Gloster came out and gave him painkilling injections. But he couldn’t continue. (Gloster confirmed this if Mahendra’s statement is anything to go by.)

Chappell has been leaking information to some journalists of his choice. He said that the certain reporters were aware — through these emails — of several private discussions. Ganguly said he had seen these emails and that these reporters were willing to show them now to the Board.

The Test and ODI batting orders — contrary to Chappell’s claim — have remained the same for some time now. In Sri Lanka, when Ganguly was not captain, he claims the order was fiddled with in every game.

Chappell sometimes is seen asleep in the dressing room during a game.

The coach told the captain that he wants to be the boss. Ganguly said that Chappell was playing the blame game and creating an environment of insecurity, panic and fear — certain players were afraid to even ask for help lest that be construed as a weakness grave enough to merit dropping from the side.

First Published: Sep 28, 2005 01:19 IST