Irate Ganguly fans take to streets

Dravid too was targeted by fans as effigies of Chappell, More were burnt.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 20:29 IST

Effigies of coach Greg Chappell and Kiran More, chairman of the national selectors went up in flames on Saturday in Kolkata as Sourav Ganguly fans took to the streets once again.

The fans were protesting the exclusion of Dada from the second Test match against Pakistan in Faisalabad.

Captain Rahul Dravid too was targeted by the irate fans who dubbed the trio as conspirators.

Protestors in Kalighat in south Kolkata held placards screaming, "We want Sourav back", "We pray for Sourav's return to the team" and "Down with Chappell and More".

"This is a ploy to end Ganguly's cricketing career by demoralising him repeatedly," said a fan.

Former national selector Sambaran Banerjee too echoed the sentiment declaring, "From a strictly cricketing point of view, I too think Sourav should not have been excluded, though I strongly support taking five bowlers in the team."

"Four bowlers would have disturbed the balance. It was unjust to exclude him when he had not played even a single ball. Why Sourav should be sacrificed for taking five bowlers I fail to understand," he said.

Banerjee said Yuvraj Singh could have been excluded instead of Sourav.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 17:53 IST