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Vengsarkar against batting order changes

I think the first four batsmen should have the same batting order," said the new chief selector.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 14:22 IST

Newly-appointed chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar is not in favour of frequent changes in the batting order and feels that every batsman has a slot which should be maintained.

Vengsarkar, who took over the hot seat from the controversial Kiran More a week ago, said his top priority will be to select the team strictly on merit and not allow zonal bias to interfere in the process.

"I think every batsman has a slot in the team. Those who are openers, should be asked to open the innings. Those who are in the middle order, should be in the middle order. I think the first four batsmen should have the same batting order," Vengsarkar said.

On how he was planning to contribute to Indian cricket, the former captain said "first and formost, I will go strictly on merit. I will not go on zonal bias, definitely no. I will pick the best Indian team".

Vengsarkar also said that the door was open for former captain Sourav Ganguly to stage a comeback to the national team by performing consistently at the domestic level.

"Yes surely, If he (Ganguly) plays first class and scores well. Everybody stands a chance to come in the team because I will go strictly according to the performance of the player", he said.

On whether he was looking to improve the batting of the team, Vengsarkar said "I think there are options. There are many players who are in form and doing well in domestic cricket."

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 20:11 IST