Since the recent happenings after Sourav Ganguly's kiddish
behaviour of going public through the media on the Indian coach Greg chappell's frank opinion of the Indian Captain, the media has got a huge buffet to devour into.
What people forget is Ganguly asked for an opinion and got it? why blame chappell for it ?
If Mr Ganguly wanted an answer that he would have liked, he should have been asking
Harbhajan singh and Aasish Nehra and not the likes of Greg chappell.
Chappell has learnt a few lessons/things in his short tenure with the team including
BCCI is actually not the Board of Control for Cricket in India ,
but Board for Cricket Controversies in India.
e-mail is not electronic mail , but everyone's mail.
It is not meant for limited circulation as intended by the sender, but for mass distribution like an evangelist's letter.
All surveys conducted, overwhelmingly suggest that chappell was right in his observation.
If sanity prevails, people would understand that chappell is paid Rs 7.8 million per year as coaching fees alone and he is expected to ensure that he makes the real Team India.
Atleast it is true in my industry (the IT industry) if someone is paid that much, he better deliver.
But in the dictionary of the BCCI, where all important posts are honorary,accountability is a non-existent word.
People who sympathise with Ganguly have had a few questions to ask. Most of them have been emotional. My answers to quite a few of them
1. If India were to do extremely badly as they did in John wright's final season with
Greg chappell at the helm? Who would the BCCI sack?My answer would be both the Captain and the Coach along with the non-performing players If this could happen after the recent ashes to Damien Martyn who along with the Vidharbha cricket association (remember Nagpur pitch) was responsible for the final frontier to crumble, then it should happen to those who don't perform.
Chappell is being paid for it and he should ensure that performance is the criteria
If call for Buchanan's head is being raised in Australia after an ashes defeat, no doubt people will clamour for Greg's head if India fails against pakistan with an unfit team
2. Why did Chappell suggest Ganguly to step down?Ganguly wanted a frank opinion and got it. If Ganguly can demand XXX amount for an Hero Honda add and get it, he should be prepared to take this also.If Ganguly want's soft answers he should be asking Harbhajan and Aashis Nehra
3. Why did chappell have to send an email after the truce?The truth as suggested in many media reports is the mail was sent on the 18th, before the (p)fool table exercise (thanks to Sanjay Jha for this term). The BCCI decided itwould be interesting to publish this thriller in Bengali press (read as only Bengali press) and leaked it.Why do only confidential mails from the coach are leaked out and not any of the Contract mail or AGM related ones.?
Some humorous events that have happened in the last 2 months that have caused considerable damage to Indian cricket rather than chappell's mail include
1 Aashish Nehra complaining of his nth injury after the tri-series final. Telling coach he woulds seek expert opinion in South Africa, but happily flies to England. (I guess BCCI would explain that he caught the wrong flight or the pilot navigated the flight in the wrong direction).
2.Ganguly trying to gain public sympathy and score brownie points over the coach, rather than runs against a good opposition (please leave alone hapless Zimbabwe and Bangladesh teams)
3. Ganguly tuning up a few minutes (180 at that) late for a scheduled press conference with the coach.Indicating his commitment to the coach and board on discipline.
Did he think all Aussies are like Steve waugh, whose skin he got under by making him wait for the toss during that failed final frontier mission of the Aussies.
All these points to a rot in the system. That needs immediate surgery. My feeling is there is no better person at the moment than chappell.
My solution to the current problem is
1. Give chappell more freedom to deal with players, but tell him until the board decides he will nothave a say in selection or who captains
2. Continue with Sourav as skipper for the One-day series against Sri-Lanka , but put him on notice for his and team's performance.
3. If he fails in the series against a Sri-Lankan team that is going to be tough to beat, ( I think he would fail miserably considering his current form ) then dump him
4. If he succeeds well it is all the good.
In any of these scenarios it is going to be Indian Team and Greg chappell who is going to be the winner.
Alternatively if the board decides to dump chappell, let us all hear for a few more months from Sourav Ganguly that his bad form is temporary and he would soon regain form and India would be back to winning ways.