England tour of India - Cricket: Ganguly wants sporting wicket for first One-dayer

Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian captain Saurav Ganguly has sought a sporting track for the first One-dayer against England to be held at the Eden Gardens on January 19.''I can't say anything about the wicket so early but I definitely want a sporting wicket so that the spectators can enjoy the game,'' the Indian captain told reporters. The elegant left hander, who has started preparing for the six-match series against England by practicing at the Eden Gardens, will be leaving for Bangalore on Wednesday to take part in the Challenger Cup series.The Indian captain had a talk with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Ground Committee chairman, Shivaji Banerjee after his practice session on Tuesday. Banerjee told him that the Eden wicket would be an ideal one for a One-dayer and offer plenty of runs. With the opening match being a day and night affair, team winning the toss could opt to bat first in view of the expected dewfall in the evening.The ground has more often than not favoured the team batting first and it remains to be seen whether the script would unfold on similar lines. Though India had won the last One-dayer against Kenya despite batting second, the dew factor did not come into play since the match was played in the summer month of May. PTI

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