New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Friday shared an anecdote from a time when Indian cricket was in turmoil due to the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell spat.
The incident occurred during India's tour of Zimbabwe, more than a decade ago, when Choudhary was the team manager.
"It happened at a training session two days before the first Test (in Bulawayo). The skipper left training midway and returned to the empty dressing room. He came back and threw himself on to a chair, visibly disgusted. I asked him what happened. Pointing at Chappell, who was on the ground overseeing the net session, Ganguly said, 'That guy's crazy.' Then he told what Chappell had just said," Choudhary was quoted as saying in a TOI report.
"I instantly understood what had just happened was explosive. So after pacifying Ganguly, I had a chat with his deputy Rahul Dravid. Then we walked up to the coach to tell him that dropping the skipper was beyond his jurisdiction," added the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) president.
However, Dada was dropped post the Zimbabwe tour and Dravid was made captain. Though the Australian's association cricket didn't last long, his tenure was certainly the most controversial.