'Chappell took Indian cricket backwards'

The volley of allegations against Greg Chappell continued with former India batsman VVS Laxman saying on Tuesday that the Australian took “Indian cricket backwards” during his two-year tenure as the national cricket team’s coach.

“Chappell took Indian cricket backwards,” Laxman said.

Tendulkar had mentioned that Chappell had threatened Laxman his career would be over after he refused to open in a Test match in India.

“This happened in 2006 at the Wankhede Stadium when India played England. Yuvraj was picked ahead of me. We were going to the WI for a series after that and he asked me if I would open. I mentioned in 2000 I had decided I would not open anymore after it didn’t work for me. I was consistent in the middle-order since 2000. Chappell asked me my age and said - Don’t you think 31 is too young an age to sit at home? I was astonished to hear this.”

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