Sourav Ganguly may miss few ODIs after second surgery

"Sourav may be forced to skip the first match of the one-day series," Ganguly's father said.
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Updated on Oct 18, 2003 10:10 PM IST
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PTI | BySandeep Nakai (AP), Mohali

Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly may miss some one-dayers against New Zealand and Australia because he underwent a second round of surgery on Saturday to remove an abscess from his left thigh, team officials said.

Ganguly, 31, pulled out of the ongoing second cricket Test against New Zealand in Mohali after surgery on Tuesday. As he was troubled by an infection, a second operation was done in his hometown, Kolkata, his father, Chandi Ganguly said.

"Sourav may be forced to skip the first match of the one-day series," Chandi Ganguly told The Associated Press in Kolkata. He said "the affected area needs to be attended every day". However, team sources said Ganguly may miss more than one match.

Indian cricket board's secretary S K Nair said he was checking on Ganguly's health. "I have just come to know of this development. We can't take a decision until we hear from Sourav," Nair said from Tiruvananthpuram.

Nair said if Ganguly was not available the selectors would name a stand-in captain and batsman in his place.

On Friday, Nair had announced the board's decision to retain Ganguly as India's skipper for the upcoming limited-over tri-series.

World champion Australia and New Zealand will feature in the Oct 23-Nov 18 tri-series, to be played in 10 Indian cities. "We were hoping he will be fit for the one dayers," Nair told The AP.

The surgery in Mohali was required immediately because the abscess had become septic. It kept Ganguly out of a Test match for the first time since he became India's captain three years ago.

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