I don’t want to talk about Ravi Shastri’s comment: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly tried to sidestep Ravi Shastri's comment that the CAB president wasn't present when he was interviewed for the coach's job.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: June 29, 2016 1:33 pm
Sourav Ganguly, Ravi Shastri, Shastri, Shastri Ganguly, Anil Kumble, Indian cricket team coach, India cricket coach, Shastri interview, cricket news, cricket Ravi Shastri had lost out on becoming the Indian cricket team coach after Anil Kumble was picked on Thursday.

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who reportedly played a ‘game-changing’ hand in appointing Anil Kumble as the head coach of the Indian cricket team, reacted to The Indian Express story — Ganguly wasn’t there when I was interviewed: Shastri — saying the interview (process) was a “confidential” matter. Ganguly, according to Ravi Shastri, was absent, when the latter had been interviewed by the BCCI-nominated four-member panel.

READ: Sourav Ganguly wasn’t there when I was interviewed, says Ravi Shastri

“Well, actually he wasn’t there,” Shastri told this paper on Friday as he was asked: ‘You mention Sachin, Laxman and Sanjay Jagdale. No questions from Ganguly’?

Reacting to this question on Saturday, Ganguly said: “The (coach selection) interview is absolutely confidential. I don’t want to talk about Shastri’s comment. You should also ask the other members of the (cricket) advisory committee.”

Shastri spoke about his disappointment at the snub. “I was very disappointed. Disappointment because the hard work entire unit had put in in the last 18 months. To see where they were when the support staff and I took over and to where they reached in 18 months makes me feel proud. They got up, threw punches and ended up where they were. No 1 in Test cricket, No 1 in T20, No 2 in ODI. You can’t ask for more.”

Team is higher than individuals: Anil Kumble to Ravi Shastri

Ganguly, the CAB president, said. Shastri’s interview was conducted between 5 and 6pm (IST) at Taj Bengal on Tuesday, when Ganguly had dropped in at Eden to attend the CAB working committee meeting. He left to rejoin the process around 6.30 in the evening.

The former India team director didn’t appear in person, joining from Bangkok via video linkup instead. He was considered to be a strong favourite until Anil Kumble threw his hat into the ring.

The latter bagged the job despite not making the 21-member BCCI shortlist as the chart had been pruned from the list of 57 probables.

On the sidelines, Sanjay Bangar and Abhay Sharma have been appointed assistant coaches for India’s upcoming tour of West Indies that starts with a tour game on July 9.

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    Dr Dwarakanath
    Jun 26, 2016 at 10:22 am
    Irrespective of the appointment and with no disrespect to Mr Kumble, I am disappointed with the BCCI. For years, we accused Dalmia and Srinivasan of nepotism, alleged corruption and favouritism. With the new elections and new people at the helm of BCCI, I expected that the processes will stand upto scrutiny and BCCI will be open, transparent and democratic. It is sad to hear that one man's whims and fancies have influenced the decision regarding the head coach. Anuradhapura Thakur and other members of the BCCI were fully aware of the disagreements between Shastri and Ganguly. Yet, to appoint Ganguly to the panel and be swa by his influence is simply a sign of favouritism. If Ganguly was absent at the time Shastri was interviewed, the BCCI should explain why he wasn't there even if he doesn't wish to comment on it. We all have admired Ganguly's contribution to Indian Cricket and respect him greatly but that is not a licence for him or the BCCI to carry on like they used to all these years behind the doors and yet talk of openness and transparency. It all sounds hollow. I am not unhappy with Mr Kumble being the head coach. He is richly deserving. My comments are only about the process that has taken place in reaching the decision. BCCI should behave better.
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      Hitesh Uberoy
      Jun 26, 2016 at 5:40 am
      How was Kumble suddenly paraed into the process when the time for applications had expired. Seems like a pure case of "Dadagiri". Why hasn't BCCI given an honet answer to ths?
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        kulaputra kulaputra
        Jun 26, 2016 at 7:08 am
        This is not about who was fit. this is about the process -why is there still no transparency and method in this madness. I do not like Ravi Shastri one bit. But as a cricketer who pla for India, he deserves some respect. We can not deny that courtesy. That is teh problem with Indian cricket. "Lack of Dignity". Kumble may be the best choice. He made a lot of aged people (one of them was 75) stand in queues for more than 2 to 3 hours for members' enled tickets to an ODI in Bangalore. Dignity would have been to send those tickets to their house. Lack of Dignity is again the bane of Indian cricket
        1. S
          Jun 28, 2016 at 7:31 pm
          To all who are writing nonsense here, my question is - was Ganguly alone in the selection committee ? The committee also had Sachin and VVS. Sanjay Jagdale was also present in the interview of Sashtri. This was a collective decision. Do you all mean that Sachin and VVS had no contribution??? In fact, Sachin was the head of the committee !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Also, why is Sashtri behaving like a kid? 59 people attended interview for 1 post and only 1 was to be selected. No one is cribbing except this moron. Sashtri needs to respect the interview panel, and not start complaining just because he did not get the post. He has always been political in his entire career and seems that he has never changed ! In fact, by making this comment, he actually dis-respected Sachin and VVS ..... who is going to ask an explanation for that? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Also, those who do k=not have any knowledge about corporate interviews, in an interview panel, there is no issues if one of the panelists is not available and rest all are available including the Panel Head. Interviews get recorded and decisions get taken after interviewing all candidates. The final decision lies with committee and that has nothing to do with one person being present or absent on a certain day. Sashtri is just creating some political excuses which he is known for. Shame on him !!!
          1. D
            Jun 26, 2016 at 6:37 am
            india is 2 in Tests, 3 in odi, 2 in T20. whose rating is Ravi giving?
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