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ICC Cup: Dada may miss bus again

Courtesy Chappell, Sourav may be left out of squad for Champions Trophy.

india Updated: Aug 08, 2006 17:16 IST

Former captain Sourav Ganguly is likely to be left out for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy when the national selectors meet in Bangalore on Wednesday to decide on the probables for the elite event to be held in India in October-November.

With the five wise men having made up their mind to pick 23 to 25 probables and give chance to some fringe players, Ganguly stands a remote chance of making a comeback.

According to BCCI sources, the decision has been taken as per coach Greg Chappell's views.

"Apart from the present 15 that will tour Sri Lanka, eight to ten others will be picked on the basis of their ranking," sources in the Board told PTI  on Tuesday.

"Some fringe players, including those who have played for the country, will find place in the list," sources added.

Asked whether this is a move to scuttle Ganguly's chances of making a comeback, they denied it saying steps were only being taken for the good of the game.

"Anything that is done for the good of the game is always viewed in this manner. But, it is definitely not to keep him out. We are going by the coach's decision. If Ganguly performs well in the near future, he will get a look in," sources said. 

"We need to submit a list of probables, with the maximum number of 30 players, to the ICC. If we are to pick 30 probables, then we cannot afford to ignore Ganguly.

"Actually the committee and the team management are looking ahead towards the future, particularly the 2007 World Cup. In this scenario, the logical proposition would be to give chance to youngsters," the selector said.

He also listed some names that could be considered for the future.

"Anil Kumble has been proving himself in English County and a few under-19 players have also shone during the ongoing tour of England. Besides, players like Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla and some others definitely deserve attention," he said.

Sources said, apart from the 15 Sri Lanka-bound players, cricketers who are likely to be included among the probables for Champions Trophy are Robin Uthapa, Anil Kumble, VRV Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, V Yo Mahesh, S Badrinath, Piyush Chawla, Venugopal Rao and Zaheer Khan.