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Ganguly honoured to lead Asia XI

The Indian skipper on Tuesday said he felt honoured to captain the Asia XI team which would play to raise funds for tsunami victims.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Kolkata
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2005 09:55 PM IST

Team India skipper Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he felt honoured to be named the captain of the Asia XI team which would play two-match one-day series against Ricky Ponting-led World XI to raise funds for tsunami victims.

"I feel extremely happy to be a part of the great initiative. It's a great honour to be selected for leading the Asia XI," Ganguly said at the inauguration of the cricket tournament of the Bank Olympiad games in Kolkata.

The dashing southpaw said he was looking forward to playing the matches being organised by the International Cricket Council and Asian Cricket Council for raising money to assist tsunami victims across Asia.

Asked about the possible replacement for Rohan Gavaskar, who has stepped down from Bengal captaincy following criticism over the state's poor performance, the Indian skipper named seasoned batsman Devang Gandhi as an able candidate.

"It (selecting the captain) is the selectors' job. But I think Devang is a suitable candidate," Ganguly said.

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