Ganguly refuses to comment on reported e-mail

Published: Saturday, September 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Indian captain Sourav Ganguly refused to comment on the reported e-mail sent by team coach Greg Chappell to cricket board president Ranbir Singh Mahindra.

"I don't want to comment on the issue. Yes, I am aware of it. I will talk to the BCCI on the issue if they ask me. It's a sensitive issue at the present moment," Ganguly toldreporters on arrival from Zimbabwe.

Ganguly and 13 other players, including Vice-Captain Rahul Dravid, returned home in the early hours while coach Chappell and the rest of the support staff stayed back and arescheduled to arrive a couple of days later.

Ganguly did not want the rest of the team to be drawn into the controversy over his spat with Chappell prior to the test series.

"I don't think the entire team should be dragged into this. It was some statement made by the coach. I don't think the rest of the boys need to be pulled into this. For us it was important winning the two tests and we won them convincingly," he said.

Ganguly expressed his disappointment at losing yet another one-day final and said the team has not found a solution to the problem.

"To be honest we have not been able to find the solution on how to win the finals. We understand it is getting difficult losing so many (19) finals," he said.

The Indian team lost to New Zealand in the Tri-Series final before making a clean sweep of the two-Test series against Zimbabwe.

"I think everybody expected us to win the test series 2-0 and we did it convincingly. I thought we played well in the one-day competition except the final. We batted well in thefinal but obviously could not defend a score of 280," he said.

Ganguly said he batted well in the test series. "I played well in the test series and was happy to get a hundred and happy to win both the matches convincingly. That's whatmatters," he said.

Talking about the positives from the tour, he said everybody played their part well."Gautam Gambhir played well, (V V S) Laxman and myself got hundreds, Rahul (Dravid) batted well, Irfan Pathan bowled very well," he said.

"It was good to see Zaheer Khan bowl so well. The spinners did not get much of an oppurtunity because the seamers did most of the damage," the captain said.

He also said that Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh played their parts in the one-day series. Asked about the controversial ommission of Kaif from the two tests, Ganguly explained that it was a tour management decision.

"Kaif was dropped after consulting Vice-Captain Dravid and coach Chappell. All of them agreed to the decision," he said.

Looking forward to the packed international season ahead,the stylish left-hander said that the Indian team had to take one series at a time and needed to play good, hard cricket.

"We have to take one series at a time. We need to play good, hard cricket as we will be facing very good teams.

We will be playing Sri Lanka at home, then tour Pakistan and play England at home before going to the West Indies. It's going to be tough and we need to get our act together," Ganguly said.

"It is important that the team does well regardless ofwhoever leads the team," he added.

Ganguly agreed with Sachin Tendulkar's views that discussions in the dressing room should not come out in the open.

"Yes I agree dressing room discussion should remain within the dressing room only," the Indian captain said when asked for a reaction.

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