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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 September 2005, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Chappell and Ganguly agree truce
India's cricket coach, Greg Chappell and Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly (right) insists he can work with Chappell (left)
India coach Greg Chappell and captain Sourav Ganguly have been told to sort out their differences.

Following a public dispute over whether Ganguly should be replaced, the pair appeared at special meeting of Indian board officials in Mumbai on Tuesday.

"The committee was of the view that cricket is to go forward," said board president Ranbir Singh Mahendra.

"Both coach and captain have to work as a unit and a professional working relationship is to be maintained."

Ganguly refused to elaborate on the happenings in the five-hour meeting but insisted he could work alongside former Australia captain Chappell.

"Mr Mahendra has already spoken on television. I have no comments on that," he said.

"I would have no problem working with coach Greg Chappell."

The row broke out during a recent tour to Zimbabwe and has been headline news in India, with opinion polls running on TV and in newspapers.

Ganguly is India's most successful Test captain in history in terms of the number of Tests won.

But Chappell, who was only appointed coach in May, sent an e-mail to the board in which he is reported to have said that Ganguly was not "physically or mentally fit" to do the job.

"There has obviously been some mis-communication. Some of the points raised by Chappell against Ganguly about his fitness are far from the truth," said Mahendra.

"Some of the points, particularly with regards to injury, the captain Sourav faking injury etc - after hearing the concerned people, the committee came to the conclusion that whatever has been said is far from the truth."

But he stressed that decisions over who should be captain were a matter for the national team selectors.

Mahendra was one of the six men on the panel - the others were former Test players Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Srinivas Venkataraghavan, board secretary SK Nair and its patron, Jagmohan Dalmiya.

Chappell is contracted to coach the Indian team until the 2007 World Cup.

They have had mixed fortunes since he took over, losing one-day finals to Sri Lanka and New Zealand, but winning the Test series in Zimbabwe 2-0.

India return to action next month for a home series against Sri Lanka, featuring seven one-day internationals and three Tests.

It is the start of a hectic few months which will also see them tour Pakistan, play England at home and then travel for a series in the West Indies.




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