Cricket: India selectors blame Chappell for World Cup debacle

MUMBAI - India's national selectors have blamed ex-coach Greg Chappell for the disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, where the former champions were knocked out in the preliminary round.

"Greg could not understand Indian cricketers' psyche. He was more like a schoolmaster than a friend," selector Ranjib Biswal told news channel Headlines Today, in a programme where four of the five selectors discussed the team's problems.

"Greg wanted to show everybody he is the boss. He was not happy with anybody," another selector Bhupinder Singh added.

"There were instances when Chappell was not talking to senior players for four or five days. He was not on talking terms with Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh. It happened in South Africa (previous tour)."

Bhupinder also spoke of factionalism in the team, whose poor display at the World Cup prompted the Australian to resign after 22 months in the job.

The Indian team is currently on a tour of Bangladesh for three one-dayers and two tests.

- REUTERS

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