Lehmann feels Ganguly should make way for young

Published: Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Former Australian Vice-Captain Darren Lehmann today indicated that time may have come for a "struggling" Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to step down and make way for the younger lot in the side.

On the stand-off between Ganguly and the Indian coach Greg Chappell, wherein Chappell has called for the sacking of Ganguly, Lehmann said "it is a decision for the selectors to make and I suppose the Board (BCCI) and Greg Chappell".

"Whether he (Chappell) thinks he (Ganguly) is fit enough to stay in the side and perform the levels where younger guys can certainly do the job", Lehmann told PTI.

On the raging controversy between Chappell and Ganguly, he said "It is interesting to see what happens. Chappell as a coach, he is a fair man, he's always been a fair man and notoften he is wrong".

However, "the issue should be sorted between the BCCI, Chappell and Ganguly", Lehmann who is now the Sports Ambassador for South Australia said.

Reflecting on Ganguly as a captain, he said " he obviously played very well for India in Australia. He has a great record and has been a great batsman".

Lehmann hastened to add "it is always unfortunate when you have great players and captaincy this side struggling to form. If he (Ganguly) is struggling for form, it's selectors' role to step in and decide if he is still best for the side".

Terming the leaking of the confidential e-mail shot off by Chappell to the BCCI, as "very wrong", Lehmann said "when you discuss things with Board members in private, it should remain in private".

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