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Ganguly fails to make it to the Super Series squad

Published: Monday, May 9, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai:Star batsmen Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were today (May 9, 2005) named in both the International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI preliminary squads, for October's Johnie Walker Super Series against Australia, while Indian captain Saurav Ganguly failed to make the cut.

Besides Dravid, Tendulkar and Sehwag, two other Indians -- off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and all-rounder Irfan Pathan -- forced their way into the 30-member squads for both theOne-dayers as well the Super Test while Anil Kumble and V V S Laxman were selected for the Test squad only, chairman of selectors Sunil Gavaskar announced in Mumbai.

In all seven Indian players feature in the two squads which included as many as nine cricketers from Pakistan.

Gavaskar said the probables had been selected on the basis of current form, their past records against Australia in Australia while the balance of the team had also been takeninto account.

"We have not given in to tokenism as is evident from the fact that no player from Bangladesh or Zimbabwe has been picked," Gavaskar said after announcing the team.

Gavaskar also said that new names could be added to the list following eye-catching displays before the list is pruned to 20 in July.

The captain and vice-captain are also to be announced in July while the final squad of 14 for the Super Test and 13 for the One-day series would be announced by the middle orlate August, Gavaskar added.

Test Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, V V S Laxman, Andrew Flintoff, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Akhtar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Kumara Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Steve Harmison, Andrew Strauss, MichaelVaughan, Danish Kaneria, Younis Khan, Andre Nel, Graeme Smith.

ODI Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Andrew Flintoff, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Akhtar, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Naved-ul-Hasan, Mark Boucher, Jacques Kallis, Herschelle Gibbs, Makhaya Ntini, Shaun Pollock, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumara Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas, Brian Lara, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Darren Gough, Kevin Pietersen, Marcus Trescothick, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Abdul Razzaq, Yousuf Youhana, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chris Gayle.

One of the criterion employed by the selection panel, as per the brief given to it by the world governing council for the game, was that players suspended by the ICC under its Code of Conduct should not be considered for Tests or ODIs as thecase may be.

Asked whether Ganguly's name was ignored for the three Super Series One-day ties to be held indoors at Melbourne's Telstradome on October 5, 7 and 9 because of his six-matchsuspension, ICC's Brendon McClements clarified that the Indian captain has the tri-series in Sri Lanka in July-August to complete his suspension before the Super Series.

The six-day Super Series Test is to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground from October 14-19.

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