Ganguly not to play for Board President's XI

Published: Thursday, September 25, 2003, 20:50 [IST]
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Kolkata: Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly ruled out his participation in the coming three-day match between the Board President's XI and New Zealand at Visakhapatnam citing non-inclusion of his name in the Indian team selected for the tie. "I am not going to Visakhapatnam because they have chosen a team which does not include me," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a charity programme, organised by the West Bengal government here to raise funds for a children's hospital. The Indian skipper, however, made it clear that his decision of not playing the match had nothing to do with the ongoing legal hassle between him and his former agent Percept D'Marc.

Ganguly had earlier reportedly expressed willingness to take part in the three-day match for getting match-practice before the beginning of the test series against New Zealand. Opening batsman Virender Sehwag would lead the Indian side in the Visakhapatnam tie, to be held from September 26-28. Asked to comment on the case filed by Percept D'Marc against Ganguly in the Mumbai High Court alleging breach of contract, the skipper said, "We know each other for three-four years and it will not be right to speak about each other in this manner".

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