Wright wanted Ganguly removed as captain

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Lahore:Barely a day after setting foot in Pakistan, the Indian cricket team was mired in a controversy with team manager Rajsingh Dungarpur claiming that ex-coach John Wright was frustated with the ways of Sourav Ganguly but could not get the Kolkatan removed as skipper.

Dungarpur said that Wright "expressed his frustrations several times" to him about Ganguly but he was too "mild" to succeed in getting Ganguly out.

"Wright was a little mild. He always had huge problems with Sourav," Dungarpur told television reporters here.

"Sourav is not a student of the game. He is also not a role model of a captain.

"A captain cannot be the laziest and possbily the worst fielder of the side.

"So he (Wright) expressed his frustrations several times to me. But what could he do?

"He could not get the captain changed."

These comments from the team manager came a day before Ganguly and three other players was to join the team in Pakistan.

Ganguly, along with Virender Sehwag, Anil Kumble and Parthiv Patel, had stayed back in India to play a domestic match.

India open their campaign with a three-day warm up game against Pakistan 'A' here from tomorrow.

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