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Greg vs Ganguly, again!

IN YET another broadside, cricket coach Greg Chappell has said that Sourav Ganguly had refused to give up captaincy of the Indian team because the job was "utterly important to his life and finances".

india Updated: Mar 02, 2006 02:14 IST
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Sourav may move court against coach

IN YET another broadside, cricket coach Greg Chappell has said that Sourav Ganguly had refused to give up captaincy of the Indian team because the job was "utterly important to his life and finances".

The Australian, widely believed to be the man behind the left-handed batsman's ouster from the national team, disclosed in an interview published today that he wanted Ganguly to step down as captain to save his career by focusing on batting.

"What I didn't realise at that stage was how utterly important to his life and finances being captain was," Chappell is quoted as saying in 'The Guardian' newspaper. Chappell bluntly stated that Ganguly thought he would be able "to run me as he did John (Wright) in the latter part of his time as coach." Giving his version of the infamous spat with the former Indian captain, Chappell said he had advised him to step down in good faith. "He was just hanging in there.

Modest innings were draining him. He had no energy to give to the team, which was helping neither him nor us, said Chappell. Chappell has also conceded that there was no way he would have got the job without the backing of Sourav Ganguly.

Meanwhile, according to a television channel Ganguly has reacted strongly over coach Greg Chappell's comment published in 'The Guardian' and threatened to go to the court against the coach.