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Ganguly left out again, Kaif recalled

Selectors have finalised the Indian team for final two ODIs against Lanka.

india Updated: Nov 07, 2005 11:19 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Sourav Ganguly found himself left in the cold once again while Mohammad Kaif made his comeback as the national selectors on Monday finalised the Indian team for the final two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

Kaif and Vikram Rajveer Singh were the two players to make it to the final leg of the seven-match series with Venugopala Rao and Jai Prakash Yadav making way for them in the 15-member squad announced after a meeting of the BCCI selection committee at the end of the fifth ODI at the Sardar Patel stadium.

"This is not to say so," Kiran More, chairman of selectors, said when asked if the non-inclusion marked the end of Ganguly's one-day career.

Ganguly found himself ousted as captain after he was unavailable due to an elbow injury for the Challenger Series and first two one-dayers of the Sri Lanka series.

Kaif was ruled out of action for five weeks after he suffered an injury during fielding in the Challenger Series final and missed the five ODIs.

India clinched the seven-match series by winning the first four matches before the Lankans registered their first win with a five-wicket victory on Sunday.

The sixth and seventh matches were to be played at Rajkot (November 9) and Vadodara (November 12).

More said several players were discussed "including those who performed well in the Challenger Series and the Duleep Trophy" but refused to divulge any names.

The 15-member squad for last two matches against Sri Lanka: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Murali Kartik, Harbhajan Singh, Ajit Agarkar, Irfan Pathan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Vikram Rajveer Singh, Gautam Gambhir and S Sreesanth.

First Published: Nov 07, 2005 11:06 IST