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I did not pull out in protest: VVS

Laxman has withdrawn from the remaining three matches of the South zone ODI tournament for the Subbiah Pillai Trophy, reports G Krishnan.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2007 23:15 IST
G Krishnan

VVS Laxman has withdrawn from the remaining three matches of the South zone one-day tournament for the Subbiah Pillai Trophy, citing personal reasons.

"My withdrawal has got nothing to do with me not being included in the World Cup," Laxman told Hindustan Times from Hyderabad on Wednesday. "It was for personal reasons that I had to skip the remainder of the tournament."

Laxman played the first two matches of the tournament, scoring 61 and 65 against Goa and Tamil Nadu respectively. Laxman's withdrawal may now put his participation in the Deodhar Trophy one-day tournament, beginning on February 24, under doubt.

The first three matches of the tournament are scheduled for Ahmedabad, while the remaining matches will be played in Mumbai.

Laxman, however, was very clear in his mind about playing the tournament.

"I scored two sixties in my first two matches. I am definitely available for the Deodhar Trophy and will certainly play, if picked," he said.

Laxman, who was blessed with a boy on January 1, is doing his best to overcome the disappointment of not being selected for the World Cup, something that had always been his dream.

"I do not want to brood over the fact that I have been omitted. I want to keep concentrating on the domestic tournaments and be available for selection.

"I want to perform whenever I get the opportunity to represent the country again. Of course, it is a little disappointing not to be going for the world Cup. I wish the team all the best and am sure they will have a very good World Cup," said Laxman.

First Published: Feb 14, 2007 22:37 IST