Coach-capt rift must not destroy our image, Kapil

Published: Friday, October 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev today said the recent face-off between skipper Sourav Ganguly and coach Greg Chappell should serve as a lesson for everyone involved with the game in the country.

"This (the entire controvesy) is an insult to Indian cricket. Whatever has happened is not good and media should also share the blame for it.

But how to bring the game back on track is important now," the former Indian captain said. He said the skipper and the coach had a personality clash but country should always come first.

"People have different personalities. But country comes first. It's a part and parcel of the game but it should not affect the country's image. "I would request the two of them to keep their personal differences out of cricket," he said.

On the leak of Chappell's 'confidential' e-mail addressed to the Cricket Board President, he said "I hope this does not happen again.

Now the focus should be on improvement of the game," he said. He also defended Chappell, saying the former Australian captain only had cricket and India's future in mind.

"Two months are too less to form an opinion about anyone. Overnight, things can't change but it is for sure he is looking at the good of Indian cricket," he said.

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