Kolkata: Sourav Ganguly has hit back at Ravi Shastri and said he was living in a fool’s paradise if he thought only one member in the BCCI’s cricket advisory committee was responsible for him not becoming the Indian coach.
Shastri was overlooked by the CAC comprising Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, which opted for Anil Kumble to step in as the head coach.
“If Ravi believes that am responsible for him not being coach, then he is mistaken. To imagine that I am responsible for him not being coach is living in a fool’s paradise. There were far bigger names in the CAC than Sourav Ganguly,” Ganguly told India Today
Shastri was miffed with Ganguly, who was absent from the meeting during his interview and advised the former left-handed batsman and captain to be present in future meetings.
Ganguly, not the one to back down, had his own advise for Shastri: “Be present for meetings in person. He should not have been holidaying in Bangkok when another former cricketer gave an hour-long presentation.”
Ganguly said he saw the interview on India Today last evening and had newspaper reports on Shastri’s comments but he did not want to get involved in a brawling game.
“I have seen that (Shastri’s interview) on TV and I was reading about it in the newspapers. Thought I would not react to it but it just went on and on. I will make available the emails and contacts I made with the BCCI.
“Ravi does not know the full facts of the event. I’m deeply saddened and disappointed with his remarks.”
Shastri said he had informed the BCCI two weeks ago that he would need to step away from the CAC meeting at 5 PM. The meeting with Shastri was initially scheduled at 4.15 PM but it got postponed by 45 minutes in the last minute, leading to the unfortunate complication.