Greg Chappell's remarks, in response to MPs' criticism of the Indian cricket team's performance, that they are paid to comment, are unwarranted and outrageous. Having failed to contain the team's drubbing, it is not proper for the coach to indulge in a provocative rhetoric. While I do not hold a brief for the MPs, I feel such comments from a foreigner should not be tolerated. Chappell should do what he has been asked to do or pack up.

H.P. Murali,Bangalore

True, the MPs are paid to make comments in Parliament. But in this case they have been triggered by the failure of Chappell, who is also paid for ensuring that Team India performs, to deliver. K. Subramanian, Chennai
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The attacks on Mohammad Kaif's house by alleged Lok Jan Shakti Party supporters are unfortunate and deserve to be condemned. Besides upsetting Kaif, the incident will send a wrong signal to other players. The players, and not their families, are accountable for their poor performance. Praful Chandak, Hyderabad
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Chappell's remarks and the resultant furore underline the fact that we are yet to evolve as refined people. Throwing stones at a cricketer's house for his non-performance is an uncivilised act. This is not the first time India has lost a match. S. Murthy, Coimbatore
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Once again we have proved that although we sleep, eat and drink cricket we have no idea of what sportsman spirit means. Vishal Agrawal, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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What amuses me is that when our team fares poorly in international hockey tournaments (hockey is our national game), no politician bothers. Why such excitement over cricket? The MPs should instead concentrate on improving the standard of some of our traditional games. S. Venkateswaran, Hyderabad
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Our MPs take themselves too seriously. They feel they have the right to comment on anything and waste Parliament's precious time. Cricket and the miserable performance of the Indian team do not warrant their attention when more serious issues remain unresolved. The latest furore is another example of their wrong priorities. Subramanyam Sridharan, Chennai
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MPs, like all other cricket loving Indians, have the right to lament, fret and fume at the team's debacle. But asking for Greg Chappell's scalp is taking things too far. The MPs should leave cricket coaching to those who have held the bat or the ball for at least a while. K. Anilkumar, Tirupur, T.N.
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Cricket is not the only sporting event that needs pampering and attention. We should be concerned at the declining standards of other sports too. The nation's pride takes a beating when we constantly return with peanuts from international competitions after going in jumbo-sized contingents. E.M. Adithyan, Edapal, Kerala
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The uproar is the result of our politicians' clamour for spotlight. In the recently concluded Women's World Boxing Championships, India's Mary Kom won a gold medal and the country won the team title. Did any of our MPs notice? T. Suresh, Chennai
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Our cricket team's performance affects neither vote banks nor MPs' personal benefits. Aren't these the things they normally get worked up about? Murali Saranadhi, Chennai