“A lot of reasons were behind this decision, which I myself wanted to take for some time now. Health is my primary reason but there have been other problems, of cultural philosophy, with Roelant Oltmans.

“He is a great guy and he is the right person for the job.

“I also think that 6-8 years, as Roelant spoke about to get success, maybe about right. I can’t make anymore difference to this team, or at least any major differences, and I will be hitting my head against a wall to try and do that.

“I am worried about the toll it’s been taking on me. I had discussed this possibility and was asked again about it.

“I had told Roelant about this on the last tour and he knows about the problems I have had. I still want to help Indian hockey but not in this role.”

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