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I won't hang my boots anytime soon: Sourav

Ganguly says he is not dejected by his omission from ICC trophy squad as he expected it.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 17:20 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

"I am not retiring anytime soon," Sourav Ganguly said on Tuesday after being ignored by the national selectors for the Champions Trophy tournament to be hosted by India in October-November.

Times Now quoted the former Indian skipper as saying that he was in no mood to hang his boots despite being overlooked by the selectors for the past few months.

Ganguly also said he was not dejected by his omission as he had expected it.

"I expected it because they had picked the squad for Sri Lanka but not a single ball was bowled in the tournament. So obviously it would have been difficult to replace players and quite naturally they stuck with the same 15," Ganguly said.

"So, the question of dejection does not arise. The 15 which have been picked yesterday had to be picked because the boys did not get the opportunity in Colombo," he added.

The stylish left-hander said he would try to make his way back to the national team through his performances in upcoming domestic matches.

"The World Cup is a long way away. There is a lot of cricket to be played before that. I'm looking forward to the domestic season -- Duleep Trophy and Ranji Trophy. I'll try to score as many runs as I can."

On who should be blamed for his ouster, Ganguly said, "I have no idea who it is. As a player, all I can do is concentrate on my cricket. So that's what I'm going to do."

Asked if his average of the last few days could have been a factor for his exclusion, he said, "these are things of the past. Selectors have a certain idea, that's the way they are proceeding and we will have to wait and see what happens."

First Published: Sep 05, 2006 11:15 IST