Mumbai/New Delhi, Apr 4: Greg Chappell today decided not to seek a renewal of his contract as Team India coach a day after Sachin Tendulkar hit out at the Aussie for reportedly blaming senior players for the team's inglorious exit from the World Cup. In a mild-toned e-mail to the BCCI, the Australian cited ''family and personal'' reasons for his decision of not seeking a renewal of his contract as coach which was valid till the end of this month.
''Today I informed the president of the BCCI that I would not seek an extension to my contract to coach the Indian cricket team for family and personal reasons,'' Chappell said in his e-mail to BCCI.
The sudden decision comes two days before a crucial meeting of the working committee of the BCCI in Mumbai to review India's poor performance at the World Cup.
The former Australian skipper even thanked the players for their ''support''.
''I am grateful to the players with whom I have worked in this time for the challenges that they presented me with and which I tried to meet in a professional, methodical and interesting way in the interests of the team and the individual.'' Meanwhile, NDTV quoted Greg as saying that he resigned as he did not want ''personal conflict'', referring indirectly to Tendulkar's outburst against the coach in the Times of India after the Aussie reportedly charged senior players of undermining the younger talent in the team.
''I was planning to announce my decision in the board's meet in Mumbai. But did it today as I don't want any personality-based conflicts,'' Chappell said.
Stating that his 22-year association with Indian team was one of the toughest challenge he'd ever faced, Chappell made a special mention of his support staff aided him in his job.
''I would like to make special mention of my support staff without whom I would not have survived the rigours of the past 22 months.
''Ian Frazer and Greg King deserve special mention for their efforts as do John Gloster, S Ramakrishnan and Ramesh Mane,'' he said.