Ganguly maintains silence

Despite persistent efforts by media to get a byte, former Indian skipper desisted from making any comment. Should Ganguly take Test retirement?

india Updated: Feb 24, 2006 13:56 IST

Rejected by the national cricket selectors from the Indian team for the first Test against England, Sourav Ganguly on Friday declined to comment on the decision.

"I will not give reaction to anyone because I nothing to react on," he told reporters in the face of persistent queries about his not being chosen for the test.

Despite persistent efforts by newspersons, who continued to chase the former Indian skipper since late afternoon when news broke out that the Kolkata boy has been ignored by the selection panel yet again, Ganguly desisted from making any comment.

A large posse of newspersons, photographers and electronic media had gathered at the Eden Gardens this afternoon, where Ganguly was practicing.

When their labours did not yield fruit at the Eden, the newspersons followed Ganguly to his residence in the southern outskirts of the city, but failed to elicit any reaction from him.

In the evening, Ganguly attended a function organised by a private television channel where he received an award for being voted 'Sera Bangalee' (best Bengalee) of 2005 from among a galaxy of nominees including nobel laureate Amartya Sen and West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee.

Ganguly was chosen for this award by the viewers of the channel through SMS poll.

"It feels great to receive such an award. My joy increases when I think that I have been chosen from among so many men of substance. I will be a happy man if another player, especially a cricketer, is selected for the award in the newer future," Ganguly said after receiving the award from veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

But, to the disappointment of journalists, Ganguly did not utter any word about his non-selection for the Nagpur Test, and gave them the slip after the function.

Efforts to contact Ganguly over phone also proved futile.

First Published: Feb 24, 2006 12:42 IST