Perfomance as the upshot: BCCI review committee

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The BCCI review committee today worked out a compromise between coach Greg Chappell and captain Sourav Ganguly with performance as the bottomline.

"The two, who appeared together in the last stages of the meeting, assured the committee that they will work together in the interest of the game," Board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra told reporters after the meeting that lasted three and half hours.

The committee was of the view that cricket has to go forward. Both the coach and the captain will have to work out mutually their professional working relationship which has to be maintained and for this purpose "performance will have to the criteria," Mahendra said.

The committee also asked the coach, the captain and the players to refrain from talking to the media on the issue.

Replying to a question, he said the committee's decision would go before the Board's Working Committee which can review. However, he expressed confidence that the Working Committee would not review it and these decisions would be implemented.

Mahendra said the criterion relating to performance applied to coach, captain as well as the players.

The Committee also took the decision that henceforth no player, captain or the coach will write or have any interaction with the media on the issue.

"Any player going to the media will face disciplinary action. All these decisions have been taken by the Committee keeping in mind the interest of Indian cricket," Mahendra said.

Mahendra also clarified some of the points relating to the charge that Ganguly was feigning injuries saying that it arose out of miscommunication.

"After hearing the people concerned, we feel there was some miscommunication and whatever was stated is far from truth," he said.

The BCCI Chief said after their personal deposition before the comittee separately, Chappell and Ganguly met each other and later assured the Committee of working together in the interest of the game.

Mahendra said the coach's report on the tour of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe was discussed.

To a question, he said "at present Ganguly is the captain. Unless and untill a new captain is appointed, he is the captain".

On their future relationship, Mahendra said "the captain has to control the game and the coach has to do his job. They both can discuss with each other everything pertaining to the game".

He said the leak of the controversial e-mail, in which Chappell had attacked Ganguly on various fronts, will be Investigated.

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