Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee and the CPI on Thursday welcomed the inclusion of former test cricket captain Sourav Ganguly in the squad but advised him justify the move with good performances.
Chatterjee, speaking to reporters outside Parliament, said that he was happy that Ganguly was back in the team, adding that he should concentrate on his game and not 'rosogullas’.
Chatterjee also send best wishes to the Indian cricket team, saying he was sure they would play better. The Speaker’s remarks came while congratulating four women pugilists for winning gold medals in the recently held World Women Boxing Championship here.
"We are proud of our women boxers. I am sorry, we are not so proud of our cricketers for the time being, but I am sure everyone will join me in sending our best wishes to our cricketers. I am sure they will play better," he said.
Chatterjee earlier this week disapproved of Indian cricket coach Greg Chappels remarks that he can't stop MPs from making comments, "that's what they are paid for." An angry Chatterjee had without taking any names said "nobody should dictate to us.
Gurudas Das Gupta, CPI leader, spoke on similar lines, saying that Ganguly should justify his inclusion. "Greetings for Sourav. I wish him all the best. But he needs to justify all the support he – and the protests that were held when he was excluded — got by performing well in the series against South Africa,’’ Das Gupta said.
He added that Ganguly should play his own game and maintain perseverance. Das Gupta added that he would have distributed `sandesh’ (sweetmeat) for Ganguly’s inclusion in the team "but the Parliament canteen does not serve them. I will definitely treat you with sandesh on a later occasion."
The CPI leader said the Bengal cricketer's exclusion on previous occasions was "unjustified’’ and he had raised the matter in Parliament and written to BCCI chief Sharad Pawar in this regard earlier.
Brinda Karat, CPI (M) politburo member had demanded Ganguly’s inclusion in the team after India began the SA tour on a disastrous note. Karat had also added that his exclusion was not justified. Quite clearly, the left-hand push works for the stylish left-hander.