Ganguly-Chappell issue may come up at AGM

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Despite attempts by the BCCI to play down the recent rift between captain Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell, the issue may come up at the annual general meeting of the board here as the opposition camp raises its voice over the recent episode in Zimbabwe.

Slamming the board for the "unfortunate happening", former board chief Raj Singh Dungarpur said "what happened in Zimbabwe is unparallel (in the history of the Indian cricket)".

Dungarpur, one of the leaders of the opposition faction, said the instance has revealed the failure of the ruling group in handling situations "both on and off the ground".

However, "these things, though unfortunate, are going to help us" in case there was an election for the president's post, he felt. BCCI outgoing secretary S K Nair admitted the board's concern over the matter, saying "there is a code of conduct for the players and we are going to look into it".

However, the board would discuss the issue only after getting the team manager's report, he said. Former secretary Niranjan Shah also disproved the instance of making public the internal matters of the team.

"This is not a good thing for the team. Internal matters should not be spoken about in public," he said. Ganguly had raised a storm when he claimed that he had been asked to step down as captain on the eve of the first Test against Zimbabwe.

Although, he did not say as much, it is believed it was Chappell who asked him to make way.

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