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Ganguly will not play first two ODIs

On the possibility of Sourav returning after the two ODIs, Greg said: "You have to ask the BCCI and the selectors."

india Updated: Oct 24, 2005 20:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Indian cricket coach Greg Chappell on Friday sought to steer clear of any potential controversy by declining comments on the time span for Sourav Ganguly, who was replaced as captain by Rahul Dravid.

Asked if there is a possibility of Ganguly returning to the side in the wake of his return to form with an enterprising century for East Zone in the Duleep Trophy tie against North on Friday, Chappell said: "Not for the first two games (against Sri Lanka)."

The selectors announced a 15-member Indian squad last week for the first two one-day matches against the islanders beginning at Nagpur on Tuesday.

On the possibility of Ganguly returning to the side after the two games, Chappell, whose public spat with Ganguly made headlines recently, said: "You have to ask the BCCI and the selectors. That's not something I can answer".

"I am not going to comment on selection issues", he said. "We have got a group that's preparing for the first two games".

While announcing the change of guard, BCCI Secretary S K Nair had said Dravid's appointment as Captain had nothing to do with Ganguly's injury and he will be considered as a player depending on the fitness report.

First Published: Oct 21, 2005 19:09 IST