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Miffed at omission, Bose ready to consider ICL

Miffed at being repeatedly ignored by the Indian team selectors, Ranadeb Bose, is ready to consider any offer from Indian Cricket League if it comes his way.

cricket Updated: Dec 15, 2007 18:28 IST

Miffed at being repeatedly ignored by the Indian team selectors, Ranadeb Bose, one of Bengal's most promising speedsters, is ready to consider any offer from Indian Cricket League if it comes his way.

Bose told IANS Saturday that he was approached by the ICL along with other Bengal cricketers who had joined it, but he turned down the offer because he was highly motivated to playing for Bengal and the country.

"I was approached by the Indian Cricket League (ICL) with a good offer. But I declined it as I took great pride in playing for my state and hoped some day I will play for my country too," he said.

"But now if people approach me with a good offer, I will give it a thought," he added.

Asked if ICL has made a fresh offer to him, he said: "No they have not approached me again. But if they do...I will consider."

Bagging 57 wickets last season and 15 this season has not been enough to ensure him a berth in the national team.

"It was my dream to don the national colours. No one has played cricket in my family. But I played it with all my passion. Now, I know my fate," said Bose.

Reacting to East Zone selector Ranjib Biswal's observation that he was a slow bowler, Ranadeb said: "How can anybody say it, nobody in his right mind can say that. I had clocked between 132-134 in the Challenger Trophy and it can easily be verified."

Biswal had reportedly said Ranadeb was almost as slow as Sourav Ganguly after seeing him bowl in Siliguri in the Ranji Trophy match against Orissa. He said a majority of the selectors did not want him for the Australia tour for his slow bowling.

"Only V R V Singh and Pankaj Singh bowl faster than me, given the pace at which Munaf Patel is currently bowling," he said.

"I know I don't have a chance to play for India anymore may be because I don't do a lot of things that the others do like wishing people on birthdays and anniversaries and spending time in clubs talking to the people who matter after a game. I have never done anything beyond cricket and I will never do anything else," Ranadeb snapped.

Ranadeb had picked five wickets during India's tour of England in the only game he played against Sri Lanka A. Incidentally, the bulk of his wickets in domestic
cricket has come at Eden Gardens where the strip is dead-as-a-dodo.

"I want my performance to be my passport. If that is not happening, it is disappointing," he signed off.