Lifting of ban on Ganguly surprises Waugh

Published: Saturday, November 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Thiruvananthapuram:Former Australian cricket captain Steve Waugh today said he was surprised to hear about the International Cricket Council (ICC) decision to lift the two-Test ban imposed on Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.

"I thought they will make an example. The ICC might have good reasons to backtrack after Ganguly was punished", Waugh, who was here as brand ambassador to insurance major AMP Sanmar, told reporters.

"It came as a pleasant surprise. Ganguly might also have put up a good defence, Waugh said.

"Anyway, it is a positive thing for the Indian captain and the team."

He, however, said it was the Captain's responsibility to maintain a steady over rate and they should be aware of the penalty awaiting them, in the event of not finishing the match on time.

To a question, he said there was no proposal before him to coach the Indian team right now. John Wright was doing a fine job, he said.

Asked whether Asian players were being singled out while handing down punishment, Waugh said "there is no prejudice in the game".

To a question, he said he was prepared to become the ambassador for Kerala Tourism. "I don't mind. It is a beautiful place and there are good resorts. I have been here for the last 24 hours and I find the place peaceful and lovable."

To a question, he said he enjoyed touring India, as he loved the country.

The activities of a brand ambassador were similar to those of the captain of the Australian team. What was important was to bring out the best, he said.

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