Waugh ready to play peacemaker

Updated: 14 January 2008 17:21 IST

Former captain Steve Waugh is prepared to act as peacemaker between the Indian and Australian cricket teams in the aftermath of the Sydney Test.

Melbourne:

Former captain Steve Waugh is prepared to act as peacemaker between the Indian and Australian cricket teams in the aftermath of the controversy-marred Sydney Test, but thinks there is no need for such a move right now.

Waugh, who retired from Test cricket four years ago, is highly respected in India due to his exploits on the field as well as his charity work.

Relations between the teams have deteriorated drastically after the Indians lost the second Test of the series amidst numerous umpiring blunders, allegations of racism and unsporting behaviour.

"If they needed that, I would do it," Waugh said. "I really don't think it is at that stage, but if it was seen as something that had to be done, yeah, I would do it. I have already spoken to some players from both sides, and I really don't think there is a need (to mediate)," he was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.

Waugh was confident any ill feeling between the two teams could be smoothed over.

"Anything in sport can be sorted out," Waugh said. "It might be nothing more than a few players putting their personal opinions aside and being committed to going forward."

Topics : Cricket Steve Waugh
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