Bangalore: Rahul Dravid was today named captain of the India "B" side for the Challenger series to be held here from September 10 to 14. Sourav Ganguly would lead the India Seniors and Anil Kumble India "A" in the series, BCCI Secretary S K Nair told reporters here after a meeting of the Selection Committee. John Wright, Sandeep Patil and Ashok Malhotra were named coaches of India Seniors, India A and India B, respectively. Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra are not playing in the Challenger series.
"They are having some problems, and they are recovering. In order to have quick recovery, they are not taking a break (after the camp that concludes tomorrow). They are being attended by Andrew Leipus (physio)", Nair said. Delhi team opener Akash Chopra has been included in India Seniors. "He was having fitness problems, and selectors want to take a look at him", Nair said. According to him, all the 36 probables attending the conditioning camp would reassemble for the second phase to be held from September one to six.
He said Dravid, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh are positively attending the second phase of the camp. The selection committee meeting was attended by its Chairman Brijesh Patel, skipper Sourav Ganguly and all the other selectors, Nair said.
Following are the teams:
India Seniors: Sourav Ganguly (Captain), V V S Laxman, Hemang Badani, A T Rayudu, Sanjay Bangar, Parthiv Patel, Amit Mishra, K Murali Kartik, Sarandeep Singh, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Reetinder Sodhi and Akash Chopra.
India A: Anil Kumble (Captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Rohan Gavaskar, Mohammed Kaif, Wasim Jaffer, S Sriram, Ajay Rathra, Irfan Pathan (Jr.), Ajit Agarkar, Mithun Manhas and Ramesh Powar. India B: Rahul Dravid (Captain), Shiv Sundar Das, Satyajit Parab, Vijay Bharadwaj, Yuvraj Singh, Thilak Naidu, Dinesh Mongia, J P Yadav, Avishkar Salvi, Sidharth Trivedi, Sairaj Bahutule and Amit Bhandari.