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Board suggests Chappell stay involved with India

April 06, 2007 17:26 IST

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The cricket board president Sharad Pawar has suggested that Greg Chappell, who resigned as national team coach on Wednesday, should continue his involvement with the sport in the country.

On Friday, the board convened a two-day meeting into the team's first-round exit at the World Cup and the 58-year-old former Australia captain was asked to present a report on his 22-month tenure.

"Mr. Pawar was of the opinion that Greg Chappell could be associated with Indian cricket and help in the implementation of the long-term plans even though he is no longer coach of the team," secretary Niranjan Shah said in a statement.

"Chappell made a detailed presentation on his experiences with the Indian team for the last 22 months.

"As a coach, he too felt that he was partly responsible for the poor performance (in the World Cup).

"He pointed out the shortcomings and suggested measures to improve Indian cricket," the statement added.

India, touted favourites back home, exited in the group phase of the World Cup in the Caribbean after losing to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Chappell replaced New Zealander John Wright in May 2005 with a successful World Cup campaign in mind, but he has been slammed by the Indian media, who blamed him for the early exit.

The Australian, captain Rahul Dravid, chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar and tour manager Sanjay Jagdale, who is also a national selector, were asked to present their views on the poor World Cup showing.

"Rahul Dravid told the committee that his team left for the World Cup with high hopes but failed to do well," the statement added.

"Rahul accepted responsibility on behalf of the team for the poor performance, which led to early exit from the World Cup. He offered suggestions for the improvement of Indian cricket."

The subject of the new coach is to be discussed on the second day of the meeting on Saturday.

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