Outgoing chief selector defends Wright

Published: Friday, October 1, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:The outgoing BCCI chief selector Syed Kirmani today harboured the hope that the Indian team notwithstanding its recent lean run, would be able to put its best foot forward against the Australians in the much-awaited four Test series commencing in Bangalore from October 6.

Talking to Thatscricket.com in an informal chat, the 1983 World-cupper, who was succeeded by another former India wicketkeeper Kiran More, said the Indian team was a competent one and added that there was no reason why they shouldn't be competitive against the Aussies.

"I've lot of faith in the boys. They've delivered in the past. Good and bad phases are part and parcel of the game and I'm sure they would be able to come out of the rut of recent defeats," he said.

When asked to pinpoint some of the highs during his tenure as BCCI chief selector, Kirmani said the Indian team's Test triumph in Pakistan was the most something he would cherish for life.

"Our stupendous Test series win in Pakistan was something special and I will have special memories of that. Previously, let alone winning a Test series in Pakistan, we haven't been able to win a Test over there until our boys scripted a glorious chapter in Indian cricket early this year," he said.

The former India glove-man also recalled the good times he shared with the other members of the selectors.

"I enjoyed every bit of it. I had a whale of a time and shared a wonderful rapport with all the other members be it Kirti Azad, Sanjay Jagdale, Pranab Roy or Kiran More. I know I would miss out on all the fun we had together but then life has to move on," he added.

When his attention was drawn to the reports published in a section of the media that coach John Wright could get the chop if the team falters against the Aussies, and that Australian Greg Chappel has already been sounded out to take over the reins, Wright pleaded ignorance about it.

"I have no idea. How can you expect me to know all these? As for Wright, I think he's doing a good job with the team. Anyway, a captain is only as good as the team. You don't expect him to go out in the middle and perform for the team," he quipped.

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