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Greg Chappell might turn down BCCI offer

Says he will take a decision on his future in three weeks


  • Denies media reports on threat to life
  • Picks Australia to win World Cup

    — File Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

    FRESH JOB, FAMILIAR SETTING: Greg Chappell might replace Tim Nielsen as the Australian Cricket Academy coach as the latter gets ready to take over the Australian team's reins from John Buchanan after the World Cup.

    Melbourne: In what was probably Chappell's first interview since returning from India, it was indicated that the BCCI's bid to rope in the former Australian captain as a consultant may go in vain and Chappell might join the Australian Cricket Academy as its head coach.

    According to reports, Chappell is a clear favourite to succeed Tim Nielsen, who leaves the job to take over the Australian team's reins from John Buchanan after the World Cup.

    `No decisions yet'

    Chappell, however, kept the cards close to his chest and said he would reveal his future plans within three weeks.

    "I am not making decisions yet, but after a while I will look at the options," he told the Herald Sun.

    The paper had also reported that Chappell had feared for his safety after India lost to Bangladesh in the World Cup. But Chappell denied the reports in an e-mail to BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah.

    "... media reports in Australia that I felt that my life was in danger following the loss to Bangladesh in World Cup is untrue," Chappell said in a letter to Shah.

    "I never made such a statement and nor did I feel that my life was in danger at any time during my stay in India," Chappell added.

    Chappell said over the next few days, he would be visiting friends and family in Canberra and Adelaide before deciding his future. "I just want some time away from it all," he said in what is probably his first interview to the Australian media after returning from India.

    "We are just going to spend some time catching up with family all around the country and then we will work out what happens."

    Chappell, meanwhile, asserted that his troubled tenure with the Indian team has not turned him off coaching.

    "I don't feel (cheesed off), not at all," said the Australian.

    He also criticised the Indian media for exaggerating his medical check-up in Mumbai.

    "It was just a minor thing that they obviously made into something bigger," he said.

    "The health is fine, there is no drama other than what the media made of it.

    "I just had some tests done to make sure I was in good health to fly and come back to Australia."

    Chappell felt with India and Pakistan already out of competition, Ricky Ponting's men looked a clear favourite.

    "Australia is my tip," he said. — PTI

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