Dalmiya demands Ganguly's recall

The CAB president asks for reinstatement of the former skipper saying that his performance in domestic cricket showed that he is in top form.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 23:12 IST

Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagomohan Dalmiya on Monday demanded the immediate reinstatement of Sourav Ganguly in the Indian team saying the left hander's recent performance showed that he was fit and in top form.

"After the way Ganguly played on the pacer-friendly track in Mohali (in the Ranji Trophy opener against Punjab), he surely deserves a place in the Indian team," Dalmiya said here after a CAB working committee meeting.

Briefing newspersons about the deliberations, Dalmiya said the Association would request the BCCI to impress upon the national selection committee to consider recalling Ganguly in the national team.

A resolution to that effect was passed in the meeting.

Ganguly recently showed signs of returning to form with a 100 in the Duleep Trophy before scoring 43 on a fast and bouncy Mohali wicket.

"At Mohali, more than the number of runs, the way he got them shows he is now as fit as he was in the past. Also he is in full form," Dalmiya said.

Ganguly has been out of the Indian team since turning out in the Karachi Test against Pakistan earlier this year. He played his last ODI in 2005 in Sri Lanka.

First Published: Nov 27, 2006 23:12 IST