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Greg's views prompted Ganguly's outster

A BCCI source said that Greg insisted on a regular place for Yuvraj which made it difficult to accommodate Sourav in the squad.

india Updated: Dec 17, 2005 11:24 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Selection Committee's decision to sack Sourav Ganguly from the Test squad was understood to have been largely influenced by coach Greg Chappell's views on team composition for the Ahmedabad match aided by those of captain Rahul Dravid.

Chappell was keen to give more opportunities to Yuvraj Singh who has been in very good form and the selectors decided to respect the views of the team management, a reliable Cricket Board source said on Friday.

The source said Chappell insisted on a regular place for Yuvraj in the playing eleven which made it difficult to accommodate Ganguly in the squad.

One of the selectors did support Ganguly's retention in the team but his view was overwhelmed by that of others, the source said, disputing reports that the sack decision was unanimous.

Ganguly was dropped from the team for the third Test against Sri Lanka beginning in Ahmedabad on Sunday, a decision which has triggered off demonstrations in Kolkata and evoked strong reactions from former cricketers and politicans.

Apparently rattled by all-round criticism over the way the deposed captain was sacked and a sympathy wave created by it, top Cricket Board officials including President Sharad Pawar sought to wash their hands off by expressing shock over the decision and promising to discuss the issue with the selectors in the coming days.

The source claimed that no Cricket Board official had called up the selectors before the meeting or had put any pressure on the committee to drop Ganguly.

"There was no pressure on the selectors by Board officials. The decision to drop Ganguly was taken by the Committee and nobody had influenced it", the source said.

"Since the team management was not keen to have Ganguly in the playing eleven, he could not be kept in the reserves. So he had to be omitted," the source added.

First Published: Dec 16, 2005 15:58 IST