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Sourav omission may rake up new row

Dravid said Ganguly was unlucky to miss out since management decided to go in with five bowlers.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2006 20:30 IST

The Indian team management took a bold decision to drop former skipper Sourav Ganguly from the squad for the second cricket Test against Pakistan which started here on Saturday.

Indian skipper Rahul Dravid said Ganguly was "unlucky" to miss out since the team management decided to go into the match with five bowlers.

"Ganguly is unlucky to miss out since we decided to go in with five bowlers," Dravid said after the toss, won by Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul Haq.

However, the decision was probably a little harsh on India's most successful captain who had led his team to a historic Test win in Pakistan in 2004.

Although Ganguly was included in the team for the first Test in Lahore, he did not get a chance to bat in the drawn encounter. He also got to bowl just six overs in the weather-hit match.

Ganguly's exclusion may have to do with the fact that Yuvraj Singh has been in good form and also that the team needed five specialist bowlers to take 20 wickets on a deceptive track at the Iqbal Stadium here.

Whatever the reasons, Ganguly's ouster from the squad is bound to rake up another controversy, something which India need the least as they eye a repeat of their 2004 success against their arch-rivals.

Replacing Ganguly in the squad was 20-year-old rookie left-arm paceman RP Singh who has eleven wickets from eight one-dayers he has played so far.

First Published: Jan 21, 2006 15:10 IST