Sourav should have quit earlier: Chakrabarthy

Published: Sunday, October 16, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:West Bengal State Sports Minister Subhas Chakrabarthy has done it again. Just when Kolkatans are mourning 'Maharaja' Sourav Ganguly's exit from the Indian cricket team's captaincy, Chakrabarthy has said that "Ganguly should have quit it himself long back".

"Nothing is permanent in nature. Everything changes in the world. You cannot remain captain forever. Taking into account his recent performance, Ganguly himself should have taken the decision to quit on his own," said Chakrabarthy.

Expectedly, Chakrabarthy's comment on Ganguly drew severe criticism from State Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya, who is close to Ganguly and his wife Dona, said, "It's wrong to say that Ganguly should have quit on his own."

"He is the most successful captain of the country. Maybe he has been off-form during the last one year but what about Sachin Tendulkar? What is his form in recent days? Look at his performance at the Challengers Trophy?" said Bhattacharya.

He also expressed the hope that Ganguly would be back in the team very soon. "Yesterday was the saddest day for fans, but I am sure Ganguly will return to the team after his tennis elbow is cured," he said.

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