Bengal ready for Railways~~ challenge

Published: Monday, November 15, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Sourav Ganguly is unlikely to play against Railways in Bengal's Ranji Trophy Elite Group 'A' match starting here tomorrow but his availability notwithstanding, the visitors are confident of putting it across the home side in the contest at the Karnail Singh Stadium.

Ganguly, who was yesterday suspended for two Tests by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and would miss the series against South Africa, is still in Kolkata and his availability for the match would be known only later tonight.

"As of now he is not in our plan of things. We would be talking to him tonight to know whether he wants to play tomorrow," said Bengal coach Karsan Ghavri.

Ghavri, a former India player, said Ganguly's absence would not affect the team's performance as it was on a high after claiming four points from the win against formidable Karnataka in the opening tie.

"We have been playing all these years without Ganguly. He is a great player and an inspiration for the entire team. His presence would be a morale booster to youngsters," Ghavri said.

"But the players are quite confident after the win against Karnataka. But we are not taking our opponents lightly as they have made it to the final a number of times in recent years."

Ghavri was pleasantly surprised by the track, which wore a green look as against its dust bowl reputation.

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