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I did not interfere with 1999 WC coach: Brijesh

Published: Saturday, December 30, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary Brijesh Patel has denied the allegations made by former India coach Aunshuman Gaekwad. The former Indian coach had alleged that he had made a "big blunder" in making Brijesh Patel as the manager for the 1999 World Cup."Who is he to make me the manager? It is the decision of the Board to appoint the manager. I have never interferred with anybody's work and you can ask the boys. In fact, it was good I was there as I could mention in my report that he was incapable," Brijesh Patel told Thatscricket.com in an informal chat."What has he (Gaekwad) done in the last three years? Have the players - either the batsmen or bowlers - benefited technically from him? He had no tactics and there were no team meetings. Am I to blame, if we bowled 50 extras and three overs short," Brijesh asked even as he tried to temper his anger at the unexpected allegations."In fact, he used to talk with Tendulkar, Mongia and Dravid in Marathi, while he accuses me of talking to the players from Karnataka in Kannada. Both he and Ravindra Chadda were the biggest con guys on the Indian team. I mentioned their abilities - rather inabilities - clearly to the Board in my report," the KSCA secretary said.While, the exact reason for Gaekwad's outbursts are not clear, the grapevine has it that it could be a case of "sour grapes". It appears that Gaekwad may have been eyeing the post of National Cricket Academy (NCA) director, which was recently vacated by former Test cricketer Hanumant Singh on health grounds.The KSCA recently acquired land on the outskirts of the city for the establishment of a permanent structure thanks to the generosity of the state government and chief minister S M Krishna. Though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had toyed with the idea of moving the NCA out of Bangalore, it is more less likely to remain in the city where it was inaugurated on May 1.According to anonymous sources from BCCI, Gaekwad was keen on the NCA job. It is now tipped that Brijesh Patel may take over as the director of NCA. Brijesh, incidentally, is already a member of the NCA committee, which is headed by former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur.Former cricketer and "star" commentator Sunil Manohar Gavaskar was the other member of the NCA committee. But, he recently resigned due a difference of opinion with Dungarpur.

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