Bedi asks team to refrain from comments

Published: Monday, March 6, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata:In the wake of Greg Chappell's latest tirade against Sourav Ganguly, leg-spin exponent Bishen Singh Bedi today advised caution to Team India support staff, saying that those contracted with BCCI should be careful while interacting with the media.

Refusing to comment on Chappell's views, comments on Ganguly Bedi said here, ''They are his personal opinion. I can't say anything on it.

But, those who are contracted with the Board of Control for Cricket in India should be careful in media interaction. The Board has already curbed contracted players from going to the media. Other contracted persons should be careful too.'' He added that the BCCI should take appropriate action and rectifying steps as Chappell is answerable to the Board.

On whether it was an insult to India as the comments were coming from a foreigner, he mocked the media stating, ''Why are you harping on the foreigner issue now? Why were you silent when he was appointed? You can't have it both ways, can you?''

On Sourav Ganguly's career, he said, ''All good things have to come to an end.'' He then admonished the local media for asking Sourav-centric questions, ''Indian cricket is bigger than Sourav or sachin. India is bigger than Kolkata or Chandigarh. So come out of the narrow aspect of cricket.''

Replying to another question on Chappell's success, he said, ''Chappell's tenure has been hardly nine months old. He needs to continue working for some more time.'' Bedi said.

''His experiments may have clicked sometimes and may not have at other times, but credit is due for taking the risk.'' He also said though Chappell was building a team with an eye to 2007 World Cup, Test cricket should be kept in mind.

''We should improve in test cricket. For no matter how successful we are a cricketer is known for his contribution to Test cricket,'' he said.

On the successful Pakistan series, he said, ''I was hopeful that we would win the Test series too. But now the team is looking a bit jaded. It may be due to too much cricket.''

He also praised Rahul Dravid as a captain calling him a 'brilliant student of the game who is always on the learning curve'' and also said that the image of Indian cricket will not be affected by the spat within BCCI as when cricket is played on the field all else takes a backfoot.

He raised the hopes of a new breed of spinners like Piyush Chawla flooding Indian cricket. Asked if it was too early to bring Piyush to the big match, he said, ''he is talented and will blood himself.'' Bedi also called Monty Panesar, though jocularly, ''a good Indian prospect for England.''

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