Spat with Chappell a thing of the past : Ganguly

Published: Friday, November 18, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Continuing with his conciliatory tone towards coach Greg Chappell, deposed Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly today described his spat with the Australian as a 'thing of the past' and said being recalled to the Indian team would motivate him to perform in the coming Ranji Trophy.

''Of course it's a thing of the past, and nothing more. As far as I am concerned, it is now a non-issue,'' Ganguly said about his discord with Chappell, seeking to put the unsavoury episode behind him.

Ganguly's problems with Chappell became a subject-matter of public debate after the cricketer's startling disclosure at a press conference in Zimbabwe that the coach had asked him to step down as captain before the Test series.

Adding fuel to fire, Chappell sent a six-page e-mail to the BCCI damning the captain, but the document got leaked, and the board had to finally step in to put the plug.

Queried how he saw his relations with Chappell once he made it back into the team, Ganguly shot back ''This is a very abnormal question to ask. My relations with him will be as it exists between a coach and a player. It has been like that during the last 100 years in the history of cricket and it will be the same in the next 50 years.''

The dashing southpaw said that he would not be short of motivation playing the Ranji Trophy, where he has been named skipper of Bengal.

''I have no problem motivating myself. The biggest motivation is if I play well, I will play for India again,'' he said.

Ganguly, who was interacting with mediapersons after a practice routine at his cricket academy, said that he was expecting to make a comeback to the Indian squad. "I am playing domestic cricket. I am fit. And I am awaiting my chance," Ganguly said.

He said that he also had in mind the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. "I will keep on trying. I have a good track record in the World Cup. And every cricketer aspires to play in this big event." Ganguly refused to attach any importance to India's loss to South Africa in the first One-dayer at Hyderabad, saying there was not need to press the panic button.

"Only one game has been played. And four games still remain. I don't think there is anything to panic about," he said.

The former Indian captain opposed the call from some quarters to boycott the Eden Gardens ODI against South Africa if he was not drafted into the squad.

"As far as I am concerned, the game is at the Eden Gardens. And India is playing. That's the most important thing.

"I am sure when India plays South Africa here, there will be hundred thousand people at the Eden," he said.

Ganguly had yesterday said he was prepared to play in any position and perform any role as per the side's needs if taken back into the national squad.

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