Leaking of Chappell~~s mail was unfortunate: Bindra

Published: Sunday, September 25, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Former BCCI president Inder Singh Bindra yesterday regretted the leaking of national coach Greg Chappell's confidential e-mail addressed to BCCI President.

"I am totally against the Board members leaking such information. The Board's deliberations on players has to remain confidential," Bindra told reporters here today.

He said Chappell-Ganguly issue could be discussed only at the AGM level but unfortunately because of the adjournment it could not be taken up at Kolkata.

"The review committee (that appointed Chappell) would discuss it on Sep 27th but it is not a body that can take a decision. And no disciplinary committee has such authority as well," he said.

Bindra also said he was "ashamed at the members' conduct" for the acrimonious scenes witnessed during the Annual General Body meeting in Kolkata over the last two days and that the entire Board "owed an apology" to the nation.

"A number of members were agitated. Just as the players are insulated (from the administrators' bickering), so should the members from cricket," he said.

"It was a 'tamasha' on television and I was receiving e-mails on my phone from America. People all over the world were watching it live and what started as a One-day match was turning out to be a five-day Test," Bindra said.

"We all members, including myself, owe an apology to the nation and the millions of fans. I am not apportioning blame on anybody because I am part of the Board."

Bindra said there have been "bigger tamashas" in the past but the need was to keep cricketing matters unaffected by Board politics.

"I have always said that the Technical Committee, the Cricket Committee and other committees should be appointed with people of cricketing background on a long term basis," he said.

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