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'I was trying to motivate Ganguly'

Coach Chappell said his efforts to motivate Sourav had been misrepresented as a call for the batsman to stand down as captain.

india Updated: Sep 20, 2005 19:36 IST
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Coach Greg Chappell said his efforts to motivate captain Saurav Ganguly had been misrepresented as a call for the batsman to stand down as captain.

"It is disappointing that what was a private discussion between the captain and myself has become a cause of public speculation. Even more disappointing is that much of what has been written does not represent the discussion fairly," Chappell said in a statement to reporters on Monday.

"It was a frank discussion about Indian cricket, present and future, and much of what I said was aimed at motivating Sourav for the Bulawayo Test. In that regard our exchange was beneficial."

Ganguly himself was the source of stories that Chappell had asked him to relinquish the captaincy when he told the media after scoring a century in the first Test in Bulawayo: "I was asked to step down, ask the coach."

Chappell is looking forward to continuing his relationship with Ganguly, starting with the second test beginning on Tuesday.

"I have great respect for what Sourav has achieved in his playing and captaincy career and I look forward to working with him in the future," the Australian said.

"Sourav and I share a strong and mutual respect for each other going back a long time. Thankfully, it was strong enough to survive what has occurred in the past week," Chappell said.

Ganguly was not available for comment.

First Published: Sep 20, 2005 19:36 IST