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Monday, September 26, 2005

Wah, Waugh!

The former Australian captain weighs in on the Chappell-Ganguly furor in his column in the Hindu.
The column is worth a read in its entirety, but here are some choice bits:
Both the coach and the captain are equally to blame for the current impasse because their conduct has been surprising and neither can be accused of being discreet and measured in their words and reactions.
The review committee that meets on Tuesday might try to work out a compromise, but I think that would be unrealistic. The spat has been too ugly, too public and too bitter, and therefore one of the two gentlemen at the helm of Indian cricket will have to leave. If the two are made to continue on the basis of an uneasy truce, they will take Indian cricket further down the road to disaster since the members of the team will be forced to side with either one or the other. In fact, signs of this polarisation are already emerging.

Waugh makes the point that he had always preferred Tom Moody for the role (I'll take a certain guilty pleasure, at this point, in pointing out that when the choice was being made, I said on here that I suspected Chappell would get the job, but that my personal preference was Tom Moody).
What generally happens in cricket is that when a coach and captain are appointed, they are made to sit together and decide the extent of power and control each of them will have in the team. A free, frank discussion between Sourav and Greg shortly after the latter was appointed would have helped both parties start off on a clean slate. I don't know whether that happened, but seeing the current finger-pointing it's unlikely such an exercise was undertaken.

And this:
Sports fans are fickle all over the world, and while Sourav's form is constantly a talking point, the public was happy to have him back at the helm, only because Rahul Dravid lost the final of a tri-series in Colombo. This is why decision-makers should guard against being swayed by public opinion. If India's selectors have a vision for 2007, then they have to take some tough decisions regarding players who they feel won't last the distance. Their counterparts in Australia made that difficult call when they decided to leave Matthew Hayden out of the one-day team.

4 Comments:

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    By Blogger traveller, at 17:38  

  • Prem! Do you really think your preference to Tom Moody is vindicated because of this mess? My take is, Chappel's selection is vindicated because of this storm. BCCI needs a storm and shock to act otherwise it will simply not act. A guy like Chappell can take a strong stand and stand up to any one. No matter how it ends, even if SG is retained, SG I think will be more careful with fitness regimen & running between wickets etc. That is what is my guess, nothing dramatic happens in tomorrows review, SG & GC are retained after some media noises, SG will get 2 or 2 series and then he will resign or will be booted out. For God's sake, he looks totally out of sorts and it is very unlikely that he will regain his touch especially with all the pressure he will have going forward.

    Don't you think so?

    By Blogger flute, at 17:52  

  • Prem,
    Waht do you think is happening in SL and Pak? Do you think that both Woolmer and Moody have drastically changed the fitness regime or that neither of those teams have any lazy guys like we do? How are they coping? Do you think those coaches have taken a different approach? We know about Woolmer and Shoaib. But it was more of a discipline issue, right?

    By Blogger Dadagiri, at 19:11  

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