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'Chappell's exit is disappointing'

April 5, 2007

Kiran MoreIndia cricket coach Greg Chappell, in the midst of controversy after Sachin Tendulkar's outburst against him, said on Wednesday that he would not renew his contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

Chappell, who was appointed coach till the end of the World Cup, sent an e-mail to the BCCI conveying his decision. He cited family and personal reasons for his decision.

Also read: Greg Chappell's statement

The former Australia captain's tenure with Indian cricket yielded mixed results since taking over in May 2005 from New Zealand's John Wright, who served as India's first foreign coach for almost five years.

A 1-0 Test series victory last year in the West Indies -- India's first in 35 years -- was one of the high points of Chappell's stint. But failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy as hosts last year and the disappointment of a first-round exit from the World Cup has not gone down well with the cricket-crazy nation.

Former India chief selector Kiran More, who during his tenure worked closely with Chappell, expressed disappointment at the Australian's resignation.

'The South African tour was a big disaster. Chappell was not allowed to handle things in South Africa. By the time he came to India and played against Sri Lanka [in March this year] things were not good between the chairman of selectors [Dilip Vengsarkar] and Greg Chappell,' he told Special Correspondent Harish Kotian.

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