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Vengsarkar defends selections

Unfazed by the criticism over the ODI squad sans Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in some quarters, Dilip Vengsarkar defends his decisions.

cricket Updated: Jan 22, 2008 12:02 IST

Unfazed by the criticism over the one-day squad sans Saurav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid in some quarters, BCCI Chief Selector Dilip Vengsarkar has strongly defended the choice of players for the ODI series in Australia.

"We have to look ahead. What is the point in picking up some players whose career would last just a couple of years?," Vengsarkar who was here for a function, told reporters last night.

"I may or may not be the selector tomorrow. But we have to build up Team India with a futuristic projection and we have opted for the best blend of players in the current tour," Vengsarkar said.

He refrained from making any comment on the exclusion of Sourav Ganguly on queries from reporters.

Vengsarkar also noted that India's ICC ranking had improved from No 7 to No 2 since the present team of selectors had taken over.