Ganguly may replace Sarwan in the MCC XI

Published: Saturday, June 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly who returned to imperious form in the County championship with a swashbuckling 142 for Glamorgan in a lost cause against Kent has been invited to play in the tsunami-relief match between the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and an International XI at Lord's on Tuesday.

It is reported that Ganguly has responded positively to the inivitation that came following doubts over the participation of West Indian middle-order batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan who had a problem with his travel arrangements.

"I got a call asking if I'm free on June 14 and I responded positively," said Ganguly while speaking to the Kolkata-based daily The Telegraph.

In case Ganguly makes it, he will join his Indian collagues, V V S Laxman and Anil Kumble, as part of the star-studded MCC line-up. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag, the two other Indians taking part in the game, will represent the International XI.

It is worth recalling in this context that Laxman got a look in as a late replacement for Sachin Tendulkar who was expected to lead the side.

Sachin was forced to pull out after he was adviced four months rest following his recent tennis elbow surgery that was conducted in London.

New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming will lead the MCC side in Sachin's absence.

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