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Ducked Ganguly not to attend Mohali Test

Sourav, embarrassed after he was bowled for naught in the Deodhar Trophy, has decided not to go to Mohali.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2006 14:10 IST
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)
Qaiser Mohammad Ali (Indo-Asian News Service)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, "embarrassed" with his poor performance in the Deodhar Trophy, has decided not come to Mohali to watch the ongoing second Test against England.

The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) had invited all former India captains and the invite also went to Ganguly, who accepted it and said he would reach Mohali after the Deodhar Trophy that ended Thursday.

But after Ganguly, playing for East Zone, was bowled for nought against North Zone in Jaipur Thursday, he called up one of the top officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and said that he wanted to go home and would not be able to go to Mohali.

East Zone lost the Deodhar Trophy to North Zone with the 52-run defeat Thursday.

"Ganguly, interestingly, called up BCCI vice-president Lalit Modi and not PCA officials - and said he would feel embarrassed to come to Mohali after his performance in Deodhar Trophy," a reliable source close to the Indian team told IANS here.

"He said he would prefer to get home quickly and relax - and apologised for the change of plan," the source said during the ongoing second Test here.

Ganguly scored 98 runs in two Deodhar Trophy matches, with 81 as the highest. He failed to take any wicket.

Ganguly, 33, has been having turbulent times with his form with the bat and now with the ball in the Deodhar Trophy that ended with matches in Jaipur and Jodhpur Thursday.

First the elegant left-hander was dropped from the Indian one-day team for the home series against South Africa and Sri Lanka and then he was axed for the third Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad.

Although Ganguly, India's most successful Test captain, was picked for the recent three-match Test series in Pakistan, he was dropped for one match. He was also ignored for the one-day series that followed the Tests.

The selectors drilled the final nail when they ignored him for the first two Tests against England. He is unlikely to be picked for the third and final Test against England in Mumbai too after his poor performance in the Deodhar Trophy.

Ganguly has scored 5,221 runs in 88 Tests and 10,123 runs in 279 one-day internationals.

First Published: Mar 10, 2006 12:53 IST