Ganguly says he has answers to Greg~~s charges

Published: Saturday, September 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Under attack from coach Greg Chappell, captain Sourav Ganguly today said he had answers to all that was being said against him but he would not say anything in public on the controversial e-mail from the former Australian captain.

Returning with the team from Zimbabwe, he looked serious and was uncharacteristically at a loss for words on a few occasions when he spoke to the media first in Mumbai and later at his residence in Kolkata. He was also surprised why Chappell chose to attack him.

"I have got an answer to whatever is being said which I cannot say at the press conference. That will only add fuel to the fire," he told reporters on arrival in Kolkata.

"Sourav has a lot of things to say, but he will say everything only before the Board," Ganguly said at his residence to reporters who sought his comments on Chappell'se-mail in which he had reportedly said that Ganguly was mentally and physically unfit to lead the team.

Earlier in Mumbai airport, Ganguly said it was a sensitive issue and would speak to the Cricket Board if asked.

"I don't want to talk about the issue. Yes, I am aware of it (e-mail). I will talk to the BCCI on the issue if they ask me. It's a sensitive issue at the present moment and I don't want to say anything to stir it up again".

The e-mail, in which Chappell had also alleged that Ganguly was creating differences among team members and his attitude was not ideal for India to strive for the 2007 WorldCup, is to be discussed at a BBCI meeting on September 27 in Mumbai.

Ganguly said he would explain every detail on what happened from day one to the last day of the series. Whatever was right or wrong would be conveyed to the Board if itprovided him with an opportunity, he said.

Asked what must have prompted Chappell to write the e-mail, the captain said "I don't know why he has done this. I can't stop Chappell from making comments. That is his point of view. I do what I think is right".

About the complaints, he said "these are all very touchy issues. Whatever I say will be blown out of context."

Ganguly said he also did not want the rest of the team to be drawn into the controversy over his spat with Chappell.

"I don't think the entire team should be dragged into it. 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 wasimportant winning the Tests and we won them convincingly," he said.

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

Asked about the controversial omission of Mohd Kaif from two Tests, Ganguly said "Kaif was dropped after consulting Vice-Captain Dravid and coach Chappell. All of them agreed to the decision."

Ganguly also expressed 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 in a row," he said.

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