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Chappell told to stop making personal comments, issue closed: Pawar

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Nagpur, Mar 5 (UNI) Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell was Categorically told by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Sharad Pawar to stop making any comments on individual players including former captain Sourav Ganguly.

Pawar, who met Chappell late last night at the team's hotel here, told reporters early this morning that the Board has expressed its displeasure on the comments made by the Aussie about Ganguly in an interview to British daily 'The Guardian'.

The BCCI chief said Chappell had agreed not to speak about any individual players and restrict his comments to the team's performance. Chappell also told Pawar that his comments on Ganguly were of a casual nature, which had been given disproportionate publicity.

''We want to close this chapter here and we do not want to take the issue any further,'' Pawar added.

Earlier last evening, Pawar met four senior players -- captain Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Anil Kumble, who also agreed that the issue should be closed here.

Pawar said, ''Ganguly's career is not yet over and the southpaw will be back once he overcomes his weakness. Nobody can stop him.'' On some reports in the media saying Ganguly was planning to go to court over the controversy, the BCCI chief said, ''Ganguly is a contracted player of the Board and if he wants to continue as the same, then he has to abide by the Board's rules. If he is not interested to continue, he is free to take any action he wants.'' UNI GS SSS PDS VC1415

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