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'Raising finger against Indian culture'

Terming Greg's behaviour unbecoming of his stature, ex-cricketers have flayed the coach for his "finger insult".

india Updated: Nov 27, 2005 22:28 IST

Two former Test cricketers on Sunday flayed national coach Greg Chappell for his alleged finger insult and said such behaviour was unbecoming of his stature and alien to Indian culture.

"This is completely against our cultural ethos. I don't know how they look upon it in Australia. If such things are OK in his country, then he should resort to such behaviour in Australia," former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad said.

Azad said Chappell's behaviour did not befit his stature as Indian coach.

"He is a great cricketer. And he is now holding the high office of Indian cricket coach. So, he should behave in a befitting manner."

Azad, however, also rapped the Eden Gardens crowd for constantly jeering the Indian players during the fourth one-dayer against South Africa in Kolkata on Friday.

"The people of Kolkata are so good, sporting and cultured. They shouldn't have booed the Indian cricketers like the way they did," said Azad, a member of the World Cup winning Indian team of 1983.

Another ex-cricketer Ashok Malhotra said while he did not know whether Chappell's gesture was targeted at local cricket fans, "the very fact that he has raised his finger is objectionable enough. And as per Indian culture and tradition, the very act of raising a finger is considered indecent".

Former BCCI president IS Bindra said he would raise the matter at the coming Cricket Board AGM here on November 29-30.

But he did not comment further on the issue, saying "I have not seen it. You better ask the Board officials".

First Published: Nov 27, 2005 19:25 IST