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Selectors should show faith in newcomers

Published: Friday, November 3, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Saurav Ganguly, who will lead India for the first time in a Test next week in Dhaka since he took over captaincy from early this year, advocated more faith from selectors in newcomers and rescheduling of the domestic programme.He told newsmen here on Friday that the present team has lot of young players and couple of failures should be expected, however, they should be given a long run before rejecting them. He also castigated media for being harsh on the team after they collapsed for 54 in Sharjah against Sri Lanka in the finals. He regretted even before they embarked on Nairobi tour there was an opinion that India will lose to Kenya. ''But ultimately we lost a close final'', he said with some pride. He particularly pointed out a remark in media that India team wasted valuable time by coming to India instead of going to Sharjah directly from Nairobi. ''How can a day of more net practice drastically alter a match'', he retorted.To a question as to how India can fail against spinners, Ganguly explained that Muthaiah Muralitharan, though a quality spinner, till the recent Sharjah event, had not taken more than three wickets against India. This time there were some batsmen who had not played him before hence he was more successful.He denied allegations that senior players were not taking interest in domestic cricket because there was no money in it.''We have always been travelling for international commitments though personally I am in favour of playing domestic cricket.'' It is upto BCCI to reorganise the calendar, he added.He said more than a year ago senior players drew BCCI's attention to the plethora of One-dayers and less of Test matches. ''But I guess the money accrued from One-dayers is as important'', he opined.Ganguly also justified his vote in favour of his Bengal teammate Saba Karim for Dhaka Test though he has not played much cricket for year following an eye injury. He said he has most number of first class hundreds and has started playing Times of India matches.He reiterated that he wanted an award winning team rather than an individual and hoped that next time India will win Ceat International Team's award.Alan border chipped in and said that with a talent available to Ganguly that day will not be far. Border admitted that after the World Cup win Australians were not very focussed and lost seven out of 10 One-dayers. About forthcoming West Indies tour Down Under he predicted that if Brian Lara failed to fire or even if he did and got no batting support then Australia will have no problem creating a record of Test wins. UNI

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