Coach row: Gan­guly hits back at Shas­tri

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shalini Gupta shalini.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The rum­bling over the se­lec­tion of the new head coach for the In­dia cricket team erupted into a ma­jor con­tro­versy on Wed­nes­day with Sourav Gan­guly (in pic) telling Ravi Shas­tri he was “liv­ing in a fool’s par­adise” if he thought the for­mer was re­spon­si­ble for his not get­ting the job.

Shas­tri, team di­rec­tor un­til March, crit­i­cised for­mer In­dia skip­per Gan­guly for not be­ing present when he made his pre­sen­ta­tion to the BCCI’s cricket ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee that made the fi­nal se­lec­tion. His com­ments came af­ter the board un­veiled for­mer great Anil Kum­ble as the new coach. Speak­ing to the Hin­dus­tan Times from Kolkata, Gan­guly re­but­ted what he called Shas­tri’s “per­sonal and pro­fes­sional” al­le­ga­tions, say­ing he was “very dis­ap­pointed and hurt at Shas­tri’s con­duct af­ter be­ing re­jected as head coach”.

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