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Badani replaces Ganguly

Hemang Badani will replace skipper Ganguly in Indian team for first 2 matches of the tri-series starting on Thursday. Dravid will lead the team.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2003 11:37 IST

Hemang Badani will replace skipper Sourav Ganguly in the Indian team to play in the first two matches of the tri-series limited overs tournament beginning on Thursday, BCCI announced on Monday.

"Ganguly has been ruled out of the first two matches and Hemang Badani will replace him in the side," BCCI secretary S K Nair said in a statement released here.

He also said that vice-captain Rahul Dravid will lead the side in the absence of Ganguly who is recovering in Kolkata after undergoing two minor surgeries to cure an abscess in his left thigh.

India takes on New Zealand in the opening match at Chennai on Thursday and will meet World Champions Australia at Gwalior on October 26.

First Published: Oct 21, 2003 11:37 IST