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'Remote chance of Ganguly's return'

Raj Singh Dungarpur said the performance of the young brigade had left no place for him in the team.

india Updated: May 14, 2006 20:48 IST

Former BCCI President Raj Singh Dungarpur on Sunday virtually ruled out the possibility of former captain Sourav Ganguly returning to the Indian side, saying the impressive performance of the young brigade had left no place for him in the team.

"Chances of Ganguly making a comeback to the national team are remote since the present bunch of players are performing well as reflected in the success of the team recently," Dungarpur told.

Dungarpur, who wasin Varanasito attend a coaching clinic, however, showered praise on the Bengal batsman for his contribution to Indian cricket and mentioned his innings in the Karachi Test against Pakistan earlier this year.

The former captain scored valuable runs in both innings of the match and also took a superb catch, but his performance was not enough to retain his place in the team, Dungarpur, who was the manager of the team on the tour, said.

The former Cricket Board chief had courted controversy during the trip across the border when he described Ganguly as a "poor student of the game" and a "bad example for the rest of the team."

On concerns expressed by some Indian players about burnout, he admitted that the number of matches had increased over the years resulting in more injuries and stress on the players and suggested a rotation policy to solve the problem.

"While hectic scheduling of the cricket calendar is an issue for the International Cricket Council to work out, it is feasible for teams to consider a rotation policy to give adequate rest to players during a series or tournament," he said.

First Published: May 14, 2006 20:48 IST