Chappell stress on induction of youngsters

Published: Friday, April 6, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Outgoing India coach Greg Chappell and World Cup team manager Sanjay Jagdale today stressed the need to induct youngsters in the team in their reports to the BCCI.

They, along with captain Rahul Dravid and selection committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar, met the board officials led by its president Sharad Pawar at a meeting here to review India's debacle in the World Cup, a BCCI release stated.

Chappell made a detailed presentation on his experiences of coaching India over the past 22 months and pointed out the shortcomings and suggested measures to improve Indian cricket.

The 58-year-old former Aussie captain emphasised the need to promote youngsters and concentrate on fitness of the players for improvement in fielding and running between the wickets.

Chappell also told the board officials that as a coach he was partly responsible for the below par showing of the team at the showpiece event in the Caribbean.

He, however, confined himself to issues plaguing Indian cricket and did not make any reference to any individual players, the release added.

BCCI Chief Sharad Pawar complimented Chappell on his professional approach and was of the opinion that the Australian could still be associated with Indian cricket and help in implementation of the long term plans although he is no more the Indian coach.

Sanjay Jagdale, in his report, explained the performance of the team in the tournament and said the entire team, particularly the batsmen, had failed in the matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

He also was for the induction of youngsters for the betterment of Indian cricket.

Rahul Dravid, who also made a presentation, told the BCCI committee that his team had left for the World Cup with high hopes but failed to live up to expectations. While accepting responsibility for the debacle as the captain, Dravid also offered his suggestions for the improvement of Indian cricket.

Chairman of the selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar, in his presentation before the committee, called for strengthening the domestic structure and also form a pool of 25-30 players from which the Indian team could be selected.

The office bearers would now meet in the afternoon with the seven former captains called especially to offer suggestions on the ways and means to improve Indian cricket which finds itself at the crossroads after the World Cup debacle.

The seven former captains are Krishmachari Srikkanth, Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, S Venkatraghvan, Ravi Shastri and Chandu Borde.

The suggestions from this meeting would then be discussed in the all important Working Committee meeting of BCCI which will be convened here tomorrow to take a decision.


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