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'Wright is quite right, Mr Selector'

Surfers throw their weight behind former cricket coach for his good work.

india Updated: Aug 02, 2006 11:16 IST

Cricket is back in focus.

Former Indian cricket team coach John Wright in his autobiography has expressed disappointment in the selection process followed in India. Since then, there's been quite a storm in the cup with allegations flying thick and fast.

We asked our surfers how they rated Wright's tenure as India's coach. We asked if as alleged by a former selector, money was the only reason why Wright remained the coach despite Ganguly calling the shots. Or was it that he was genuinely interested in the team's welfare.

Here's what we got.

Ravi Devalia writing from Montreal in Canada had this to say.

"I think Pradeep Magazine has got it right.

We Indians are often touchy when a 'foreigner' - be it white or brown - criticises the system constructively. Wright treaded the fine line between getting things done and avoiding controversies very well. He together with his team of specialists laid the foundation of work ethics in the Indian team. Some super stars like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid already had the highest level of dedication while others like Sourav Ganguly and Laxman were the worst e.g. basics like running between the wickets, fitness, fielding, facing short-pitched balls etc. and they suffered by being temporarily or permanently dropped.

Also on his observation on the shocking declaration when Sachin was on 194, I felt the body language between Dravid and Ganguly in the stands made me feel that appalling decision was pushed by Ganguly onto Dravid."

SP Singh from Faridabad, India too felt Wright was genuinely interested in the betterment of Indian team.

"In my opinion, Mr Wright was the most honest person and genuinely interested in Indian cricket. It is not difficult for a sensible person to read all this on his face and through his activities."

Further on, this is what he had to say about the former selector and his ilk who cast aspersions on Wright.

"What to say of these selectors? They themselves are there only for making money and are unable to see any other person in right perspective."

Mumbai's Biju was categorical in his support for Wright.

"Yes, John was the best coach that Team India had and interest of team was the foremost in his mind. I don't think money was the criteria for him."

Shashi from Los Angeles, USA has this to say.

"I think what Wright said is more correct. He is a professional who did his job for money. There is nothing wrong in working for money. The problems he stated are much more than evident and has been a fact of Indian selection board and its politics since 50s."

Mohit from Batinda too felt John Wright has done India much good with just a pinch of 'bad' added to it.

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfers and do not necessarily represent those of HindustanTimes.com.