Sourav pours his heart out to Bengal minister

Published: Thursday, March 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:Even though Sourav Ganguly is yet to go public with his feelings following coach Greg Chappell's recent outburst, state Housing and Urban Development Minister Ashok Bhattacharya today revealed that the former Team India captain is not amused by the criticism and has in fact expressed his annoyance at the allegations made by the Aussie.

Talking to newspersons at the state secretariat Writers' Buildings here, Mr Bhattacharya, considered very close to the cricketer, said, '' Sourav came to my house today and expressed displeasure at Mr Chappell's comments. '' ''He is certainly not depressed but he is annoyed, '' Mr Bhattacharya stated.

Ganguly recently accompanied the minister to the latter's constituency in Siliguri and inaugurated a number of projects.

Irked by Chappell's remarks, Mr Bhattacharya said, ''It is an insult not only to Sourav but also to the nation as Sourav has served the national cricket team, as its skipper, with distinction.'' In an interview to ,The Guardian Chappell had alleged that despite his poor form Ganguly wanted to cling on to the captain's post which was ''utterly important to his life and finances''.

Describing Ganguly as a 'struggling' cricketer, Chappell also alleged that the southpaw intended to treat him the same way as he did with former coach John Wright.

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