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Chappell braced for intense media scrutiny

Published: Friday, June 17, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Bangalore:Newly appointed coach of Indian cricket team Greg Chappell today said he is prepared for the intense public and media scrutiny in India.

"It's part of the profile", Chappell told a news conference here when asked how he would deal with huge expectations in his new role.

He said it is a normal scenario; since India is a bigger country and has a bigger media contingent, "obviously the scrutiny will be quite strong".

"Love of cricket in the country is very strong; emotions are always quite high", the former Australian Captain said.

"The well-being of the country seems to ride on the well-being of the Indian cricket team.So, we understand it", said Chappel, flanked by team physio John Gloster and trainer Gregory King.

"We will be under lot of scrutiny, that's going with the territory. All we can do is what we can control. We have got the job to prepare the team to the best of our ability. At the end of the day it's up to the players to perform. All we can do is offer the best support that's possible."

Chappell said public emotions and scrutiny are something that one cannot control.

"One thing, I have learnt in my cricket career is that you better focus on things you can control; otherwise you have problems," he said.

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