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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 September 2005, 05:28 GMT 06:28 UK
Ganguly is difficult - Flintoff
Sourav Ganguly and Andrew Flintoff in action together for Lancashire
England star Andrew Flintoff has revealed he found it difficult working with India captain Sourav Ganguly.

Ganguly has been involved in a public dispute with India coach Greg Chappell over his position.

And Flintoff, who played alongside the India skipper at Lancashire in 2000, said he could be an awkward character.

"Ganguly just didn't work out at all. He turned up as if he was royalty - it was like having Prince Charles on your side," he wrote in his autobiography.

I don't dislike the bloke, but it's a struggle with him
Flintoff on Ganguly
Chappell and Ganguly have been told to sort out their differences after the row erupted when the Australian told the Indian cricket board his thoughts on the captain's shortcomings.

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

But England all-rounder Flintoff wrote in his forthcoming book, Being Freddie: "You can accept a player not playing well, because we all have our ups and downs in our career, but he just didn't want to get involved.

"He wasn't interested in the other players and it became a situation where it was 10 players and Ganguly in the team."

Flintoff is due to face Ganguly again when England tour India in the New Year.

"We say hello to each other now and we are pleasant to each other, but it doesn't go any further than that," said Flintoff.

"I don't dislike the bloke, but it's a struggle with him."

Ganguly played for Glamorgan during the English season which has just ended, and their chairman said he was surprised by Flintoff's comments.

In an interview with the Press Trust of India, Paul Russell said: "Ganguly is an outstanding professional who settled into the team and worked hard on and off the field.

"He always came to team practice on time and did whatever he was told to do."





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