Friday, April 06, 2007

Greg Chappell's final statement

Following is the press statement issued by outgoing Indian cricket team coach Greg Chappell in Mumbai.
Today I informed the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that I would not seek an extension to my contract to coach the Indian cricket team for family andpersonal reasons.
Firstly, I would like to extend my thanks to the BCCI for allowing me the honour of coaching the Indian cricket team over the past 22months. It is, and it remains, one of the most challenging coaching positions inworld cricket.
I am grateful to the players with whom I have worked in this time for the challenges that they presented me with and which I tried to meet ina professional, methodical and interesting way in the interests of the team andthe individual.
To the media, my thanks also for constantly forcing me to question myself, my thinking and the way I went about my job of guiding the team through the many tests that we faced.
I would like to make special mention of my support staff without whom I would not have survived the rigours of the past 22 months. Ian Frazer and Greg King deserve special mention for their efforts asdo John Gloster, S. Ramakrishnan and Ramesh Mane.
I am particularly gratefulfor the wonderful support of my family, especially my wife Judy, who has enjoyed the experience as much as I.
The people of India deserve a special mention, as they are the ones whose attention, enthusiasm and love and support drive the great game, and business, of cricket in this country, and around the world. I thank them all, especially those who have written to me and the thousands who have gone out of their way to come up to me with well wishes.
I am also grateful for the opportunity to extend my knowledge and awareness of this region and for the wonderful friends that I have made here. I look forward to continuing my contact with India in the coming years and I wish Indian cricket and all those involved with it much joy and success in the future.

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