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Pawar downplays Chappell finger controversy

Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Kolkata:Newly elected BCCI president Sharad Pawar today downplayed the 'finger controversy' surrounding Indian coach Greg Chappell, but said the board would look into the case to find out the truth before closing the chapter.

''I hate such things. But there is some discussion over the issue here and there. I don't want to give importance to it,'' Pawar said when asked to comment on alleged indecentfinger gesture made by Chappell towards cricket fans in Kolkata during the fourth One day international against South Africa.

Pawar, however, said that the board would go into the case to find out the truth.

''These are subjects where one has to take corrective action and close the chapter,'' he said.

The Union Agriculture Minister also chose to dilute the issue of the cricket crowd's 'anti-India stand' at the Eden Gardens following non-inclusion of Sourav Ganguly in the squad.

''I met the Indian team in Mumbai. Nobody told me (anything on the crowd behaviour). My personal view of the Kolkata crowd is that they are very sporting and supportive.

These are small things that happen here and there. Not much importance should be given to it''.

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