Ganguly axed for 3rd Test against Lanka
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Ganguly axed for 3rd Test against Lanka

While Jaffer replaced Ganguly, Dravid was made captain for upcoming tour of Pak.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2005 13:50 IST

Sourav Ganguly was on Wednesday dropped from the third Test against Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad starting on Sunday, while Rahul Dravid was made captain for the upcoming tour of Pakistan and home series against England next year.

Announcing these decisions after India's 188-run win over Sri Lanka at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here, Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah said that Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer had been recalled to replace Ganguly.

Jaffer, 27, has played seven Tests without much success. His current prolific form in the Ranji Trophy national championship has prompted the right-hander's recall.

Former India captain Ganguly scored 40 and 39 in the second Test here that India won by 188 runs on Wednesday.

For a place in the team, Ganguly was competing with Yuvraj Singh, one of his favourite players whom he promoted when he was the captain.

Yuvraj, who scored a fifth-ball duck in the first innings here, seemed to have won the race on the basis of his unbeaten 77 in the second innings.

Selection committee chairman Kiran More, who addressed the media along with Shah, said Yuvraj was preferred with an eye on the future.

"Yuvraj has been in a great form in the past few series, and we want to give him more chances as we are preparing for the series with Pakistan and England," he said.

"We did not want to keep a senior player like Sourav in the reserves, but the doors are still open for him," said the former India wicket keeper.

Squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Anil Kumble and Rudra Pratap Singh.

First Published: Dec 15, 2005 01:57 IST