Thatscricket - News - Ganguly, Dravid to skip three-day match

Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2001, 3:52 [IST]
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Colombo: Captain Saurav Ganguly and his deputy Rahul Dravid will miss India's three-day practice game against Sri Lanka Board President's XI beginning on Wednesday.Team manager Anant Mate, who did not specify why the two will skip the three-dayer, said off spinner Harbhajan Singh was also unlikely to play in the preparatory game for the first of the three-Test series starting on August 14. It was yet to be decided who will lead the Indian side in the absence of Ganguly, Mate said. The match, originally scheduled to be played at Matara,160 km south of Colombo was brought back to the capital on India's request on security considerations.Fast bowlers Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad arrived on Tuesday afternoon in the island nation along with opener Sadagopan Ramesh to join the Test team. Srinath and Prasad would bowl in tandem for the first time since January 2000 when India played Australia down under.Prasad was very happy to be back in the Indian team after a very long gap and did not hide his pleasure over partnering Srinath again. "Bowling with Srinath is always good. He keeps the pressure on the batsmen, does not give much room for them to play," he said.Prasad said he would concentrate on the basics and try to maintain his line and length. "The Sri Lankans are good stroke-makers and one cannot afford to bowl a loose line," he said. PTI


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