Thatscricket - News - Cricket: 'Dasgupta included on batting strength'
Published: Friday, September 7, 2001, 22:05 [IST]
Mumbai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Selection Committee chairman Chandu Borde said Dasgupta got the nod as wicket-keeper ahead of Ajay Rathra and Sameer Dighe as he was a better batsman and a very good keeper.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Keeping in mind the 2003 World Cup at South Africa, we have decided to pick a young wicket-keeper but that does not mean that the other two (Dighe and Rathra) are out of contention. We will definitely consider them when we sit down to pick the team for the Test series later-on, he added.Former Aussie opener Geoff Marsh, who was a consultant for our Board for some time also put in a good word about Dasgupta's potential to coach John Wright and the coach recommend the youngster's name to us, Borde said. On Srinath's inclusion in the side, Borde said the coach had clearly told Srinath that he cannot pick and choose series according to his whims and fancies and Srinath has agreed to play in the One-day series henceforth.Srinath had pulled out of last two triangular series in Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka as he wanted to concentrate only on Test matches.We also discussed medium pacers Ajit Agarkar and Harvinder Singh, batsmen Jacob Martin and Hemang Badani, left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi and off spinner Sharandeep Singh, he added.With Kumble coming back into the side we thought just one off spinner (Harbhajan Singh) would be enough on hard pitches in South Africa while Srinath, our strike bowler, and Prasad had done well last time around and we wanted the two experienced players instead of Agarkar and Harvinder, Borde said. Speaking about Das' inclusion in the One-day squad, Borde said Das has been playing very aggressively. With Tendulkar and Ganguly set to open in the one-dayers, Das can be pushed lower down in the batting order to strengthen it and moreover we want him to get used to the South African conditions before the three-match Test series.We have also picked five stand-byes in case any of the players selected fail the fitness test on September 22 or 23. Laxman, who is expected to be back from Australia on September 17 and Zaheer Khan, who had sheen problem, are yet to produce fitness certificate to the Board while others have informed the Board that they are totally fit, Borde added.He also admitted that the Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, who also attended the meeting, had some stomach problem but would be fit within a week and the players would assemble here on September 22.Lele refused to reveal the names of stand-byes, saying their names cannot be made public.PTI