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I'm committed to Team India: Chappell

Greg rebuffs reports that he may take over as Oz coach after his contract with BCCI expires.

india Updated: Aug 21, 2006 18:52 IST

Greg Chappell sought to scotch media reports that he was a strong contender for taking over as Australian coach, saying he was committed to the job with the Indian cricket team and the time had not yet come to review his contract.

"Coaching the Indian team is the biggest challenge in cricket and I have not only stood upto the challenges that comes with this job but also enjoyed," Chappell said.

"I am indeed grateful to receive the affection of the millions of people who follow the game so closely in this country, and the loyalty and commitment shown by skipper Rahul Dravid and other players including seniors like Sachin Tendulkar.

"And I believe that when the time is right, the BCCI and President (Sharad) Pawar will sit down with me and talk about it (his job as Indian coach)," Chappell said reading out from a prepared statement.

Chappell chose to clarify his position following reports that he was one of the contenders to take over from John Buchanan as the coach of the Australian team after the World Cup.

The 57-year-old former Australian captain was appointed by the BCCI for a two-year term in last May 2005 and a decision on extending the contract would be taken after the World Cup.

First Published: Aug 21, 2006 11:00 IST