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Chappell finds his 12 months exciting, challenging and frustrating

Written by: Staff
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Mumbai, May 11 (UNI) Team India Cricket coach Greg Chappell today said his first year with the team was exciting, challenging and frustrating.

Talking to reporters, accompanied by captain Rahul Dravid and BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah before embarking on the West Indies tour this midnight, Chappell said, ''We are improving and have done well in the ODIs''.

''This is a challenging job and my interaction with players has been good,'' he added.

Asked about 'too much' cricket, the Australian cricket legend said balance of 30 ODIs and 12 to 13 tests in a year is always good.

But he said that it was important for the players to get breaks at regular intervals.

Chappell maintained the need for the BCCI to understand that there is a huge investment in these players who are champions and they should not be overburdened.

He further said that test matches are more tougher than the one-dayers.

The back-to-back tour of Pakistan and England recently was quite tough and demanding, he added.

''Winning World Cup is difficult task and six teams will come close to that and we will have to play good cricket'', he added.

Commenting on the reappointment of Brian Lara as the West Indies captain, Chappell said, ''Lara is the most experienced batsman and captain and its a positive step.'' ''We have to prove one point that we can also win away from home,'' he reiterated. It would not help worrying about the outcome of the series but what was important according to him, was to develop players.

The first practise match will be played at Jamaica on May 16 and the first of the five ODI's will start on May 18 and conclude on May 28. Chappell said.

''India should continue its winning streak in the five-day format.'' Ranjit Biswal from Orissa is the manager for the Indian cricket team for this tour.

The Indian cricket team led by Rahul Dravid will leave for West Indies at 0200 hrs early tonight.

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