Sourav is much below Chappell stature: Dungarpur

Published: Wednesday, September 21, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Former BCCI chief Raj Singh Dungarpur today blamed Sourav Ganguly for the recent spat with coach Greg Chappell and said the Indian skipper lacked the stature which legendary Australian cricketer enjoyed.

"Chappell is a genius. Sourav is much below Chappell in stature," Dungarpur told newspersons here.

He also questioned Ganguly's ability to motivate his teamamtes. "He himself has not been playing well for a long time. How can he motivate his boys?" When it was pointed out that Ganguly had struck a ton in the first Test against Zimbabwe, the former BCCI chief said "Don't you think that he batted too slowly?" Dungarpur had earlier slammed the Board for the spat, while terming it as an "unfortunate happening".

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is unparalleled." Dungarpur, one of the leaders of the opposition faction, said the instance had 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 is an election for the president's post," he said referring to the BCCI AGM slated to begin tomorrow.

Former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah also disapproved 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 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. Though he did not name anyone, it later transpired it was coach Chappell who had asked him to make way.

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