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Ganguly leaves for Northamptonshire

Former Indian skipper signed the contract with the county after learning that he was not selected for Test squad going to Caribbean.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 14:10 IST

Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Thursday left for England for a county stint with Northamptonshire, hoping it would give him an opportunity to play his way back into the national squad.

Ganguly is expected to make his first appearance in the C&G Trophy one-day match against Nottinghamshire June 25.

He is also set to face Pakistan when they visit England at the end of next month.

"I am going to England not to enjoy but to perform," Ganguly told reporters.

"Cricket is my life. I want to be with the game always," said the out-of-form cricketer who will return from England Aug 5.

Ganguly said on Wednesday he was taking his engagement with Northamptonshire with all seriousness and hoped to stage a comeback to the Indian team.

Ganguly, who scored a smart 76 in 66 balls in a local tournament finals, is replacing Australian lefthander Chris Rogers in Northamptonshire.

Ganguly, who has scored over 10,000 runs in ODIs, signed the contract with the county after learning that he was not selected for the Indian test squad going to the Caribbean.

First Published: Jun 17, 2006 10:30 IST