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I haven’t lobbied for Chappell: Sourav
- ‘Selection’ committee member says senior pros not yet approached for their opinion on next coach

New Delhi: Not wanting to get caught in the crossfire over the next Team India coach, regular captain Sourav Ganguly has clarified he “hasn’t” endorsed anybody’s candidature.

“Neither has the Board sought my views till now (Monday afternoon), nor have I spoken about my so-called preference. Reports that I have lobbied for Greg Chappell and opposed the other three are incorrect,” he told The Telegraph.

Speaking from Calcutta on the eve of his (and the family’s) four-week trip to Europe, Sourav added: “I’ll be happy with the selection made by the Board’s six-member committee... That panel has senior administrators and three former captains. They’re bound to get it right...”

Chappell apart, the other contenders are Mohinder Amarnath, Desmond Haynes and Tom Moody. While Sourav insists he is neutral, it’s hardly a secret that he has an excellent equation with Chappell.

Of course, an endorsement of the former Australian captain’s candidature doesn’t necessarily follow.

Meanwhile, one of the three administrators on the ‘selection’ committee has informed that the views of the Team India senior pros hadn’t been sought as yet.

“I can’t say whether that’s going to be done on May 19, when the four candidates are interviewed. But, till now, the Board hasn’t approached anybody for his opinion,” he pointed out, requesting anonymity.

Unless there’s a dramatic development, which hurts either Chappell or Moody, one of them will be John Wright’s successor.

 

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