Chappell, Ganguly appear before BCCI review panel

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The dramatis personae in the latest crisis stalking Indian cricket, coach Greg Chappell and captain Sourav Ganguly, appeared before the Review Committee of the Indian Cricket Board, which is going into the spat between the two during the recent Zimbabwe tour.

The meeting of the six-member committee comprising Board President R S Mahendra, Jagmohan Dalmiya, secretary S K Nair, former captains Sunil Gavaskar, S Venkatraghavan and Ravi Shastri began at 13.00 hours at a five-star hotel here.

There was some uncertainty whether Gavaskar would attend in view of his departure for Australia and his compulsion to visit Pune to look up his ailing father but Gavaskar did attend the committee's deliberations.

Chappell, whose e-mail to the Board containing severe indictment of Ganguly as a captain and a player and his opinion that he was no longer fit to lead the team, appeared before the Committee first. His discussions with them lasted a about an hour, sources said.

Next to be called in was Team Manager for the Zimbabwe tour, Amitabh Choudhary who had virtually given a clean chit to Ganguly a couple of days ago on some of the charges levelled by Chappell.

Ganguly, whose career could be at stake now, was the third to be called in by the Committee. Chappell was not present at the time when Ganguly was called in.

There was no immediate word on what the three of them have deposed before the Committee which experts feel may not have the powers to take decisions but could only recommend to the Board what it feels is correct.

Amidst questions being raised whether the spat could spell the end of the road for one of the two, it was not clear whether the Committee would make any recommendations immediately including a possible patch-up in the interest of the game.

The Committee was originally slated to review the performance of the team during the Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe tours but was made to go into the latest controversy after an acrimonious bout of charges and counter-charges was made by Ganguly and Chappell.

The committee, formed originally to choose a new coach for the Indian squad following the departure of John Wright after a near-five-year stint, was empowered by the Board's working committee to do follow-ups after every few ODIs and Test series featuring India, with the coach in attendance.

According to news reports from Kolkata, Ganguly armed himself with fitness certificates and medical reports to dispute Chappell's views about his physical fitness. He is also reported to have talked to Dalmiya in preparation for the meeting. However, there was no confirmation about this.

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