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Greg didn't want Sourav to play in Karachi

Keen to play a fourth seamer, he wanted Agarkar instead of the southpaw.

india Updated: Jan 30, 2006 13:17 IST

If Greg Chappell had had his say in picking the playing XI for the Karachi Test, Sourav Ganguly, probably, would havebeen sitting outside as the Team India coach, keen to play a fourth seamer, wanted Ajit Agarkar instead of selecting the southpaw, local media reported.

"Chappell didn't believe that Ganguly should be picked for the third Test in the background of his argument and keeping in mind that India had also played with a combination of five bowlers and five specialist batsmen with wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the sixth batsman," The News quoted a India team source as saying.

A lot of debate was held on the selection of Ganguly for the crucial Test with Chappell arguing that since India would have to play three spinners and two spinners or three seamers and two spinners in their coming home series against England, it was best to start sticking to a similar combination in Pakistan also, according the source.

He said, however, captain Rahul Dravid, manager Raj Singh Dungarpur and selector Ranjib Biswal argued that Ganguly should play as given the look of the pitch for the final Test India needed to strengthen its batting and play with six specialist batsmen.

"They also felt that going by normal circumstances, India had always played six specialist batsmen and not five specialist bowlers," the source added.

First Published: Jan 30, 2006 12:39 IST