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No place for Ganguly in Indian team

Selectors have retained the same Indian squad that registered crushing victories in the first two matches of the ODI series against Lanka.

india Updated: Oct 28, 2005 23:39 IST

Sourav Ganguly on Friday received another thumbs down after the National Cricket Selection Committee ignored him for the next three One-Day Internationals of the seven-match series against Sri Lanka.

The selectors retained the same Indian squad that registered crushing victories over the Lankans in the first two matches at Nagpur on Tuesday and Mohali on Friday.

The third ODI is to be played at Jaipur on Monday, with the fourth and fifth at Pune (November 3) and Ahmedabad (November 6).

The 15-member squad: Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Y Venugopala Rao, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, Murali Kartik, Jai Prakash Yadav, S Sreesanth, Gautam Gambhir and Rudra Pratap Singh.

Cricket Board (BCCI) secretary SK Nair told reporters that the team for the last two ODIs would be picked after the 5th ODI at Ahmedabad.

Chairman of selection committee Kiran More said the case of Ganguly was discussed at the meeting, which was attended by coach Greg Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid.

"We had a good discussion on Sourav Ganguly. But we have selected the best side at present," More said.

"He is a great performer and captained very well. But things have not gone well for him for the past few months," he added.

Asked about the possibility of Ganguly returning to the national side, More said the door was not closed on him.

"The door is not closed on anybody. But we have some youngsters in the team whom we want to play 20-30 matches before the 2007 World Cup.

"We do not want them to go into the World Cup with an experience of 5-6 matches," More said.

First Published: Oct 28, 2005 22:10 IST