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Ravi Shastri hits back at Sourav Ganguly again

India Today logo India Today 02-07-2016
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The war of words between former India captains Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly just doesn't seem to end. Both have been at each other since the time Anil Kumble was appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team by BCCI's Cricket Advisory Committee.

Shastri, who was one of the candidates interviewed for the high-profile job, did not take the news of rejection lightly and took a dig at Ganguly, who was one of the CAC members along with Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and coordinator Sanjay Jagdale.

In an exclusive interview with India Today, Shastri had said Ganguly was disrespectful by remaining absent for his presentation and advised the former opener and captain to be present in future BCCI meetings.

Not the one to back down, Ganguly immediately lashed back at Shastri saying he should have been physically present for the interview instead of holidaying in Bangkok. Ganguly also said that Shastri was living in a fool's world if he thought Ganguly was behind him (Shastri) not becoming coach.

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Gautam Gambhir and Sanjay Manjrekar also jumped into this debate on who's right and who's at fault here. While Gambhir and Manjrekar backed Ganguly, former India off-spinner Bishan Singh Bedi came out in support of Shastri by lashing out at Ganguly

But there seems to be another twist to this tale which has emerged today. Shastri, in a fresh reply to Ganguly's statements, has explained why he could not be present for the interview which took place on June 21.

"I got communication from the BCCI on the 19th (June) that the interview is on the 21st (June). I had left for Thailand on the 15th. No one knew at that time when the interview would be."

"And their mail categorically said that since it (the interview call) is at short notice I could make myself available on Skype at a particular time," Shastri was quoted as saying according to a report in ET Panache.

All the candidates were in fact given the option of appearing for the interview over Skype by the BCCI.

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"I was out of the country and the BCCI did give me the option of Skype. Besides, Tom Moody and some other candidates did the interview on Skype. What's the difference? In this day and age, half the world operates on video-conferencing," he said.

The 54-year-old once again took a dig at Ganguly and reiterated his comments earlier that the people who were there in the committee should have been present for the interview.

"At least the people who are on the committee should be there (for the interview). One, as a respect to the guy being interviewed and two, to the job you've been given," Shastri added.

Now, it should be pointed out here that even Tendulkar was not present for the meeting in person and was in touch through video conferencing from London.

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