Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is hoping he will not repeat a mistake he made in the past while recommending a name for the post of head coach of the Indian cricket team. Ganguly along with former Indian cricketing legends Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The CAC were in action on 21 June as they interviewed shortlisted candidates in Kolkata. The BCCI had earlier trimmed down the number of applicants from 57 to 21. However, Ganguly promised to choose the right candidate this time and not “mess up” as he once did, when he recommended Australian Greg Chappell for the job way back in 2005.
“I once had the opportunity to select the coach. I thought I messed it up in 2005 (when Chappell was appointed). I had taken an interview of Chappell once and it did not go off well. Hopefully, we will do it correctly this time, whoever it is. Luckily, I’ve got support in Sachin, VVS, the BCCI secretary and president.
Harbhajan Singh: Greg Chappell destroyed Indian cricket by dividing dressing room.
“Chappell destroyed Indian cricket to such an extent that it required at least 3 years to again get back on track. The worst part was some players in that team, who sucked up to the coach and would supply selective misinformation creating bigger rifts,” Harbhajan said.
“When the right time comes, the names will be revealed. Some people thought that just blindly following Chappell would do them the world of good without realising that Indian cricket was going nowhere.”
Harbhajan Singh has claimed that some Indian cricketers during the mid-noughties would pass on information to then coach Greg Chappell about other players, which created huge rifts in the dressing room.
Harbhajan also says that Ganguly wasn’t Chappell’s only target and claims the former Australian captain wanted to drop a number of other senior players as well. He also recalls a story from India’s historical Test victory in 2006, when he was one of the stars in the first innings but was made to feel left out.
“In the first innings, West Indies were out for 103 and I took 5 for 13. When we came back to the dressing room, there wasn’t even a pat on the back or ‘well bowled’. Instead, he congratulated another bowler I don’t wish to name. It was insulting.