Ganguly will be back as skipper: More

Published: Tuesday, April 19, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Springing to the defence of beleaguered and ban-serving India captain Sourav Ganguly, national selection committee chairman Kiran More today said Sourav Ganguly will be reinstated as Team India captain as soon as the ban period was over.

More was quoted as saying in a leading news agency UNI that Ganguly was axed for the last two ODIs only because of the ban handed out by match referee Chris Broad and not because of poor from.

"We had to drop Sourav Ganguly for the last two ODIs of the India-Pakistan series as he was banned. Otherwise he was appointed skipper for the whole series," UNI quoted.

More made it amply clear that Ganguly's dismal run with the bat had nothing to do with his being dropped. "Absolutely not. Sourav is a great player and the number of runs he has scored in both forms of the game speak for themselves."

"He is going through a lean phase and I'm sure he will come back stronger. He is a very talented cricketer. As soon as the ban is over he will be back in the side," UNI quoted.

It's worth recalling that English Match referee Chris Broad handed Ganguly a six-match ban for slow over rate in second consecutive match because of which the offence became a level three. Ganguly had also been fined 70 per cent of his match-fee for slow over-rate in the third ODI in Jamshedpur.

Ganguly had subequently appealed before the ICC Appeals Commissioner Michael Beloff but it was turned down.

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