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Ravi Shastri is Living in Fool's World: Sourav Ganguly Hits Back

By: Cricketnext Staff

Last Updated: June 29, 2016, 20:18 IST

File image of Sourav Ganguly.   (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

File image of Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Ganguly said Shastri was living in a "fool's world" if he thought he thwarted the former coach's chances and that he was " surprised and saddened" at the personal attack.

Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday hit out sharply at Ravi Shastri for crticising his absence at the interview to select India’s head coach.

Ganguly said Shastri was living in a “fool’s world” if he thought he thwarted the former coach’s chances and that he was ” surprised and saddened” at the personal attack.

“If Ravi thinks because of me that he is not the coach of Team India, then he is living in a fool’s world. Ravi has made a personal attack which was not expected and is very saddening,” he said.

Ganguly, along with his former team-mates Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which selected legendary leg spinner Anil Kumble as the coach, overlooking the claims of Shastri among others.

After the selection a disappointed Shastri told the news channel that he felt disrespected by Ganguly’s absence at his interview and advised him not to to repeat such things in the future.

To this, Ganguly retorted: “I am extremely surprised and saddened on the comments of Ravi Shastri. It was already previously decided that I will attend the CAB working committee meeting on the day of these coach elections.

“I say this with anger that my counter piece of advise to Shastri is that he should have been present physically and not holidaying in Bangkok for such an important event. Ravi should have shown some more maturity before going public about it,” Ganguly added.

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

The 43-year-old also wished Kumble the very best for his new stint.

“I wish him all the luck with the Indian team. He is one of the best in the world and has been a great cricketer,” the southpaw said.

Ganguly did not give a direct answer to the 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.”

Ganguly 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.”

first published:June 29, 2016, 17:19 IST
last updated:June 29, 2016, 20:18 IST