Former Indian captain, Cricket Association of Bengal President and Cricket Advisory Committee member Sourav Ganguly opened up after Ravi Shastri allegedly criticised the former for not being in the panel while Shastri who was snubbed for India’s coaching job.
Ganguly was not present in the panel when Shastri’s interview was conducted leaving the other two members of the panel – VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar to interview ex-India director of cricket.
“Shastri has made it very personal, (I am) hurt by his attack,” Ganguly said.
Ganguly said, “If Ravi Shastri says he was not made coach of India because of me, he is living in a fool’s world.”
The BCCI has invited candidates to apply for India coaching job in June 2016. As many as 57 candidates applied out of which 21 were shortlisted. Finally, only 10 candidates were in contention for the lucrative job.
Anil Kumble, who has applied for the job at the 12th hour, has been appointed as India coach.
Kumble has played more than one and a half decade for India. The spinner has taken 619 Test wickets and 337 ODI wickets.
On the other hand, Shastri has won the World Cup in 1983 under the captaincy of Kapil Dev and played a few matches with Kumble in early 1990s.
Shastri was appointed as Team Director in August 2014 when Indian team was struggling. Under his regime, India regained the confidence and fought back in Australia. In 2015 World Cup India’s campaign ended in the semi-final. After that, India won two-match Test series against Sri Lanka and a four-match series against South Africa. Apart from that, India won the Asia Cup T20, but lost to West Indies in the WT20 semi-final under Ravi Shastri.
After Kumble was appointed as India coach, Shastri said, “Nothing surprises me in Indian cricket anymore. A member of the committee (Ganguly) wasn’t present and that was disrespectful to the selection process.”
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 advice to Shastri 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 further added.