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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Vaughan does what Ganguly couldn't


The last few months have been quite a heady time for Vaughan. When England pathetically lost the Ashes to Australia everyone pointed at the absence of Vaughan's guiding hand. He came into the World Cup with a big load of expectations and failed miserably, both in 'guiding' the team to much needed victories as also with his own personal performances with the bat and the experts were again there to ridicule him and demand his neck. Then there was the 'Fredalo' controversy which undoubtedly took away the already diminishing respect Vaughan commanded. And so he decided the time was ripe to relinquish one-day captaincy and that is what he has done.
"Since our disappointing performances in the World Cup, I have been giving careful consideration as to what is the best way forward for the England one-day team and my own role within the side," said Vaughan in an ECB statement. "I reached this decision some time ago, but I did not want to announce it until after the end of this Test series to avoid it becoming a distraction to the team."
Atleast that is always better than being roughed up by the media and eventually by the selectors.

In many ways, I feel Vaughan's situation was a lot similar to that of Saurav Ganguly before he was dirtily ousted by Greg Chappell's horribly tasteless schemes. Ganguly too was neck-deep in similar controversies and suffered from poor form. If Ganguly had made the same decision some time before, all those sour incidents involving the sneaky Chappell letter to the BCCI could have been avoided. Rather unfortunately that did not happen and luckily now it has happened in the case of Vaughan.

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