John Wright favours Prince of Kolkata~~s return

Published: Wednesday, August 2, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:With more then 15,000 international runs under his belt Sourav Ganguly certainly deserves a place in the Indian team, believes former coach John Wright, who also insists that he had a steady relationship with the former captain and never had any trouble working with him.

''I believe he is a great cricketer with more than 15,000 international runs and one who has given Indian cricket a certain direction. It will be great if he can make it,'' Wright told GulfNews here.

''We worked for more than four-and-a-half years and I believe we had a steady relationship. We are in a position where if he (Sourav) comes to Christchurch, he can think of having dinner at my residence while I can think of the same when I am in Kolkata,'' the former coach added summing up his equation with Ganguly during his stint.

Speaking about 'Indian Summers', which has created a stir in India, Wright said the book should be taken in the right spirit and people should react only after reading the contents.

''I think people should first read the book and then comment,'' he said.

Elaborating further on his relationship with Ganguly, the Kiwi said as the captain of the team Ganguly was the person, who conveyed his suggestions and opinions to the team.

''I have always believed that my role was to try and improve the performance of the whole team, and the captain was the one who led it. At the end of the day, he is the hands-on person while I had to pass on a few things that I thought was necessary to improve the team's performance,'' he said.

''In those four-and-a-half years, we followed this strategy without any problem. There may have been the odd difference of opinions, but when you are working towards the same goal, such differences can be easily sorted out,'' he added, ruling out any major friction between the duo.

On his criticism of the Indian selection policies, Wright said his observations were not new and he had raised them earlier.

''My view was simple: the existing selection system needs a change. It should be done on a professional basis where the performance of the selectors would be evaluated and he should be allowed to continue if he had done a decent job,'' he said.

''I had said it and again put those words in the book. I wanted to portray an honest picture of Indian cricket as a whole and I did just that. When you read the book, I think one will realise what I wanted to say,'' he added.

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