Ganguly ducks India coaching role question

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Published: Friday, January 4, 2013, 12:07 [IST]
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Ganguly ducks India coaching role query

Bangalore, Jan 4: India's recent poor record has resulted in calls for the sacking of coach Duncan Fletcher. And at the same time, some want Fletcher to be replaced by former India captain Sourav Ganguly. But, the "Prince of Kolkata" has refused to be drawn into the debate.

Ganguly, who is part of the expert panel of "Headlines Today" English news channel for India-Pakistan series, avoided the question on whether he is willing to take up the role of India coach.

When the left-hander was asked on Thursday night about coaching the Indian team, his reply was "It is unfair for me to answer this question." And further pushed, he wanted to be kept out of it.

Ganguly left it to the BCCI to decide the next coach for the team after Fletcher's contract expires in two months' time.

With the way Ganguly responded it is clear that he might not be that keen to take up the coaching role now.

Former Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar, who was also during the show on TV with Ganguly, felt the Kolkata man is the right choice to take India forward.

Former India batsman GR Viswanath too agreed that Ganguly should become coach.

"If Gary Kirsten can become India coach, why can't Ganguly? But it all depends on the BCCI and Ganguly to take a decision on this matter," said Viswanath.


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