Engineer wants Dravid to stay on as keeper in ODIs

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2003, 22:51 [IST]
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Mumbai: The debate as to who should keep wickets for India in One-dayers continued unabated with former flamboyant stumper Farook Engineer voicing that Indian vice- captain Rahul Dravid should keep wickets in One-dayers for some more time. Engineer, who will be the master of ceremony during the Cricket Club of India's (CCI) felicitation of Indian cricketers on October 19, who have done well at The Lord's, said that Dravid did a good job with the gloves during the World Cup in South Africa in March and that he should continue to do so till they find a wicketkeeper who can contribute with the bat as well.

"There is no doubt in my mind that Parthiv Patel, the number one wicketkeeper in Test matches, is a fine prospect and looks very competent behind the stumps. But to accommodate an additional batsman or a bowler in One-dayers, Dravid have to continue keeping wickets for the sake of the team", he added.

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