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England tour of India - Cricket: Ganguly feels Wright should not be replaced

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2001, 22:16 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Indian captain Saurav Ganguly on Sunday came out in strong defence of coach John Wright who was reported to be on his way out after having completed his one-year contract."There is no question of changing John Wright. He has been a very good coach," Ganguly told reporters in Ahmedabad.Highly placed BCCI sources had said on Thursday that Wright and team physio Andrew Leipus would not continue after the current Test series against England. The one-year contracts of Wright, a former New Zealand captain, and Leipus, a South African specialist in physiotherapy, expired on September 14 and they were asked to continue till a decision was taken about their future.Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya had, however, refused to confirm the report and said the decision on the continuance of Wright and Leipus would be taken after discussions with Ganguly and the "two concerned gentlemen".Ganguly said Wright had put in very hard work with the team and his efforts had brought about an improvement in the performance. "He has been working really hard with the players. Everyone should realise how much he is contributing to the team," he said. PTI

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