The step-down controversy - Quotes

Saurav Ganguly (the statement which triggered it all) - "Yes, it (step down from captaincy) was suggested. I was under a lot of pressure".
Greg Chappell (diplomatic response) - "Things come up from time to time and people get frustrated. They say things which probably they don't really mean and are not as important as they are made out to be. I think if we keep looking at success a lot of these issues would fade away."
Kiran More (chair-person of the selectors)- I'm not aware of what happened there (after the third day's play of the first Test against Zimbabwe). And we have not issued any instructions to Ganguly to step down."
Pranab Roy (national selector - he talks about protocol.. hmm damn the protocol) - "Chappell should at least have spoken to chief selector Kiran More before asking Sourav to step down. I don’t have details first-hand, but there’s a protocol for everything."
Ajit Wadekar (former Indian captain and coach - seems to have been waiting for something like this to happen) - "If the current Indian coach Greg Chappell had asked his skipper Sourav Ganguly to sit out of the first Test match against Zimbabwe, which the Indians are poised to win, it clearly shows the Aussie mentality to succeed at any cost. First of all there was no need for Chappell to ask Ganguly to sit out of the match against a club standard Zimbabwe. Moreover the coach should understand that Ganguly has been appointed captain by a panel of selectors."
Anand Vasu (cricinfo) - "The captain and coach need to work closely together, buy into a united vision for the long-term well-being of the team, and pull together. Situations like this rarely improve. When you want to work something out, you talk to the person you have a problem with; when you talk to the rest of the world, you're drawing battle lines."
Peter Roebuck - "He (Saurav) fields badly, runs poorly between the wickets and, crucially, puts his mid-off in the wrong place. His time is up. But it is gutless to ask him to stand down. Strong management is needed. Ganguly must be backed or sacked."
Harsha Bhogle (on the need to make up in public) - "I interviewed both of them live and I must admit that neither seemed to be gunning for each other. Ganguly was almost reluctant to talk about it and Chappell said he did not want to provide more oxygen to the situation. In public, both seemed to have handled it quite well. Now both parties need to approach the issue with maturity and with a clear vision; both possess it and have it in them to put India first. The rapprochement, like justice, has to be seen to happen and it needs to be swift, over the next couple of days. Otherwise things might fester and people could draw their own conclusions; either event could only fan the fire."

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