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Ganguly's future in his hands: Greg

The coach asserted that his own agenda is to produce the best team.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2006 13:27 IST

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly's future vis-à-vis the national side is in his hands, says coach Greg Chappell.

The Indian cricket team coach asserted that his own agenda is to produce the best team.

"I don't know what the future of Sourav holds. What I know is that we need to keep looking forward; keep looking at the types of players that help build the best team that Indian can produce," Chappell said.

Ganguly is currently out of the national one-day side, but has managed to remain in the Test squad, though his place is seemingly not guaranteed.

Ganguly was picked in the enlarged 16-member Test squad for the tour of Pakistan.

Many experts felt that the extra 16th member was to accommodate the elegant left-hander from Bengal who has stoked strong emotions for and against him ever since he was dropped from the Indian side last year.

However, younger players continued to be preferred to the Kolkata-based player for one-day internationals and accordingly Ganguly was not selected for the ongoing five-match series here in Pakistan.

Ganguly is one of the most successful one-day players of the modern era. He has amassed 10,123 runs at 40.65 in 279 matches, with 22 centuries and 60 half-centuries. He played his last one-dayer on that controversial tour and was ignored for the home series against South Africa and Sri Lanka.

In 88 Tests, the left-hander has made 5,221 runs at 40.78 with 12 centuries and 25 half-centuries. He is also India's most successful Test captain, having won 21 of the 49 matches for 42.86 success percentage.

Rahul Dravid succeeded him as skipper on both versions of the game after the tour of Zimbabwe late last year.

Chappell and Ganguly apparently fell apart after their well-documented spat on the Zimbabwe tour. Chappell, on being asked by Ganguly to give a "frank opinion" about his game, suggested that he step down and let vice-captain Rahul Dravid lead the side in a Test.

Chappell, however, insisted that his goal since taking over as national coach in May last year has been to produce the best possible side for millions of Indian fans.

"Here my agenda, if you like, from day one is to produce the best for the supporters of Indian cricket. They are the ones who have to be satisfied and deserve to have the best team that they can have," he said.

A former Australia captain, Chappell's keenness to build a young team, especially with an eye on the World Cup in the West Indies in March-April 2007, is well known. It is also this tournament with which his two-year contract with the Indian cricket board would expire, subject to renewal.

"We are looking at the sort of players that will produce that - nothing more, nothing less. We will continue to work towards that," he averred.

Asked what Ganguly's future was, he said all players have to perform to be picked.

"What the future holds for any player is pretty much in their hands. As I said to the players in Bangalore last June: at the end of the day it is they who select themselves in or select themselves out," he stressed.

"It won't be up to the selectors or coach and it won't be up to anyone else. It will be up to the individuals to show the traits that are required to be part of a successful team. And that's what I'm set on to be doing."

First Published: Feb 17, 2006 12:08 IST