Brinda Karat demands Ganguly's inclusion

Published on Nov 25, 2006 12:09 AM IST

Karat said that she was not the only one who thinks that Ganguly can help improve India's performance, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

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None | BySutirtho Patranobis, New Delhi

This is one left hand push that former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly would love. Two days after the Indian cricket heroes capitulated to South Africa in Durban scoring some 91 runs, CPI (M) leader and Party politburo member, Brinda Karat, has demanded that Ganguly should be recalled to the national side.

Karat said that she was not the only one who thinks that Ganguly can help improve India's performance. "As a cricket fan, who watches cricket whenever she can, I strongly believe that Sourav should be back in the team and I think that is the feeling of so many of his fans across the country," Karat told reporters on Friday.

Karat, who said that she was reacting as a fan of the game, questioned the rationale behind Ganguly's ouster from the team in 2005, saying that he should not have been excluded in the first place. "I do believe that injustice was done to him when he was removed from the team unceremoniously," Karat said.

Ganguly had earlier received support from the ruling Left in West Bengal at the time of his ouster.

On the issue of the sacking coach Greg Chappell, Karat said that though it was the decision of the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) to remove him or not, the entire country is aware of Chappell's record.

Samajwadi Party MP, Mohan Singh, however, did not mince words on Thursday when he had demanded that Chappell should be removed. "Chappell is deliberately trying to weaken the team. He should be sacked," Singh told a television channel.

Singh's Party general secretary, Amar Singh, had a word of advice for Union Minister and BCCI chief Sharad Pawar as well. "Sharad Pawar is not well. He should concentrate on the Agriculture Ministers," Singh said.

Congress leader Ambika Soni found it heartbreaking to watch India submit to some fast and furious bowling by the South Africans. "It was heartbreaking, every Indian wishes that his country performs well," Soni said.

Ganguly, however, has not done any good to his chances of getting back to the national side in the last two days, scoring 6 and 43 in Ranji Trophy match against Punjab.

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