The former board official, who often became the butt of ridicule for his uncalled for comments, was quoted as saying in Mumbai daily-Mid-day that Greg Chappell may not become the new coach as the Indian team members may not want someone higher than them.
"I may be wrong in my assessment but I have this feeling that the players will not want someone who is higher than them. I would like to see Chappell get the job," Lele said.
Lele said that Chappell gave a wonderful presentation in 2000 but his inability to be with the national side for a longer term came in the way of him being not picked as India coach at that time.
"He gave us a great presentation in 2000 but he said that he would be available only after three months whereas, John was available immediately. Also, John had been recommended by Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly," Lele was quoted.
It's worth mentioning that Lele was part of the committee that picked John Wright in 2000. Indian cricket board chief AC Muthiah, former president Raj Singh Dungarpur, Srinivas Venkatraghavan and Hanumant Singh were the other members.