England tour of India - Cricket: Ganguly retained captain for England series

Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2001, 0:43 [IST]
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Jaipur: Saurav Ganguly was on Tuesday retained captain of the Indian cricket team for the entire home series against England notwithstanding the drubbing received in South Africa while middle order batsman Virender Sehwag remained in contention for the Mohali Test.The national selectors met here and named Ganguly skipper for the three-Test and five One-day matches against England, Selection Committee chairman Chandu Borde said.On the contentious issue of inclusion of Sehwag in the squad for the first Test at Mohali, Borde said the case of the middle-order batsman from Delhi would be decided on "merits" irrespective of the status of his suspension.He sought to put the ball back in the Board of Control for Cricket in Indias (BCCI) court saying it was for the BCCI to decide on the suspension of a player. "We shall name the team members and it will be for the BCCI to address the controversy of a player's suspension," he said.BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Monday had said in New Delhi that Sehwag's inclusion would be decided by the selectors. Borde also confirmed that Javagal Srinath, who had been hit on his left hand by a Shaun Pollock delivery in Centurion, was not fit for the first Test but Ganguly who stretched his neck and back was 70 per cent fit. Opener Sadgopan Ramesh and Hemang Badani were also fit and available for selection, he said. PTI


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