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Shastri is living in a fool's world: Ganguly hits back

Last updated on: June 29, 2016 18:56 IST

'Shastri shouldn't have been holidaying in Bangkok.'

'Shastri should have shown a bit more maturity.'

IMAGE: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly. 

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly hit back at Ravi Shastri, saying the former Team Director has made his non-selection as head coach 'very personal' and he is hurt by the latter's 'immature comments'.

Shastri had said that Ganguly should 'take his job seriously', after the Cricket Association of Bengal president, who was part of the Cricket Advisory Committee which included Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, was absent during his interview for the post of India's head coach.

Reacting to the comments, Ganguly said, "I just feel his (Shastri) comments are very personal. If Ravi Shastri feels that Sourav Ganguly was responsible for him not being the India coach, he is living in a fool's world.

The CAB president launched a stinging attack on the Mumbaikar, saying the former team director should have been present for the interview rather than connecting through video conference while holidaying in Bangkok.

Shastri's interview was conducted by Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and BCCI convenor Sanjay Jagdale through video conference.

"It angers me that he gave a suggestion that I should be available for such meetings. I have been a part of BCCI meetings for some time and I have always been available. My advice to Ravi is that when the coach of India is selected and one of the most important jobs, he should be in front of the committee and not sit in Bangkok and give a presentation while being on a holiday.

"I read in a couple of newspapers and chose to ignore it. I am extremely saddened that he went on air to express his view. Specially someone who has been in every BCCI committee for the last 20 years. He has been in my position for selecting the coach 10 years back.

"He is aware of everything. I informed BCCI on June 19th and I have got official mails. I will circulate those mails once I get a clearance from BCCI," Ganguly said, while speaking to television news channels in Kolkata on Wednesday. 

IMAGE: India's former team director Ravi Shastri. Photograph: PTI

Ganguly went on to add: “I don't know whether he is serious or not serious, but I hope he was if he wanted one of the most important jobs in the game. But if he is talking about respect then he should have been here as well.

"When you have a three-member committee and important people are involved in the decision-making then it is not just about Sourav Ganguly. So these personal remarks have been very saddening."

On Shastri making comments on public domain against him, Ganguly replied: "He should have shown a bit more maturity, especially for someone who has been in such committees for more than 10 years.

On Anil Kumble starting his stint as India chief coach, Ganguly said: "I wish him all the luck. As I said, he is the best in the world. He is one of the champions of Indian cricket and he will take this team forward."

He did not give a direct answer to queries about it his animosity with Shastri being an open secret in Indian cricket.

"From my side, I have never gone on to make any comments to the media."

He then also gave his account of the itinerary of that day.

"I had informed BCCI that there was a CAB Working Committee meeting that day. Being a president of CAB I had to chair the meeting. Also the notification for a Working Committee is always given 14 days in advance whereas this meeting was fixed two days in advance. Ravi's meeting was scheduled at 4:15 pm and I guess Ravi has got that received as well. BCCI had sent him the time.

"Now while interviewing other candidates, it went past 5 pm and I came out of the meeting. Then Mr (Ajay) Shirke (BCCI secretary) called me and said that others (Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and co-ordinator Sanjay Jagdale) are requesting if they can continue (with the interviews). I said, ‘fine, let's do that’, as it happens everywhere in the world. That's exactly what happened and I feel comments are very personal in nature."

Earlier, Shastri had accused 'Dada' of being disrespectful for skipping the interview and held him responsible for being denied the top coaching job in Indian cricket.

Shastri, who was India's team director for 18 months, was one of the front-runners to take up the position of head coach. However, the three-member advisory panel selected Anil Kumble.

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