England tour of India - Cricket: Dinesh Mongia replaces Sehwag for Mohali Test

Updated: Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 13:30 [IST]
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Kolkata: Baroda batsman Dinesh Mongia would be the 14th member of the Indian team for the opening Test against England at Mohali from Monday.

Mongia replaces Virender Sehwag, who would be kept out of playing XI as per the agreement between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

BCCI chief Jagmohan Dalmiya told reporters in Kolkata on Saturday evening that Mongia was chosen by the selectors, who also considered three other batsmen - Abhijit Kale, S Sriram and Jacob Martin.

Sehwag would, however, travel with the team to Mohali as the 15th member of the squad.The BCCI had agreed to keep out Sehwag from the playing XI as quid pro quo to resolve the crisis triggered by the harsh punishments meted out to six Indian players including Sehwag by controversial match referee Mike Denness during the India-South Africa second Test at Port Elizabeth in November.

The ICC had insisted that Sehwag be dropped from the side for the Mohali Test to uphold the one-Test ban slapped on him. Sehwag was kept out of the third Test against South Africa, but the ICC had adjudged the match as 'unofficial'.

Dalmiya said that he had instructed BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah to speak to Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly, who has expressed his unhappiness and anger at not being consulted before the selection of the team for the Mohali Test.


Story first published:  Saturday, December 22, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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