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|Posted: Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:51 pm Post subject: Cricket -Winning and losing is part of the game: Pawar
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Three days ago he promised "harsh" decisions in the wake of India's
disastrous performance in the cricket World Cup, but BCCI President
Sharad Pawar today softened his tone to say "winning and losing is part of the game".
"Even England, the country from where the game originated, has not won
the World Cup so far. But their players were not subjected to mindless
protests and condemnation by cricket fans," he said in a chat with
journalists on the sidelines of a function here.
Pawar maintained that Indian cricket team's performance was below par
and he was not very "happy" with it. He also disapproved of the "media
hype" that preceded the tournament, contributing to the pressure on the
"Our players should not play under tension. Before their match, Rahul
Dravid told me on the phone that all team members were under
tremendous pressure to perform.
"We have to accept that Bangladesh is also a much improved team which
has beaten both Australia and Sri Lanka," he said.
On the future of Greg Chappell as India's coach, Pawar said his term was
coming to an end and a decision on extension or otherwise would be
taken after the deliberations of BCCI meeting scheduled for April 6-7.
On the choice of coach, Pawar said a decision in this regard would be
taken after consulting all concerned, including former India captains.
"It does not matter whether the coach is Indian or foreign as long as he is
able to train the team and boost its morale," he said.
Taking a soft line on the commercial endorsements on television by
Indian cricketers, the BCCI president said "there is a tendency to
exaggerate this issue. There is nothing wrong in the players earning
money through endorsements so long as they can do it."
Pawar also said the BCCI would encourage young players and 'India Blue'
team was being contemplated to encourage budding talent.
The Board would also spend Rs 50 crore on training and scholarships of
promising young cricketers in an effort to groom them for future, Pawar