Kaif to lead India Seniors in place of Ganguly

Published: Friday, October 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Mohammad Kaif was today named by the national senior selection panel as captain of the India Seniors team in the October 10-13 N K P Salve Challenger Trophy tournament in Mohali in place of the injured Sourav Ganguly.

"Kaif would lead the India Seniors team while Ganguly's place in the squad would be taken up by Satyajit Parab (Baroda)," Indian cricket board sources said here.

"Parab, who was originally in India 'B' squad, would make way in the same team for Yousuf Pathan (Baroda)," they said.

Yousuf Pathan is the elder brother of young India left arm bowler Irfan Pathan and had played in the same event last year in Mumbai.

Ganguly was today ruled out from the tournament because of his elbow trouble which was diagnosed as "mild tennis elbow symptom," by board-appointed sports medicine expert Dr Anant Joshi and Indian team physiotherapist John Gloster in Mumbai.

The duo examined Ganguly, after he came this morning from Kolkata, verified the MRI scan he had undergone on the advice of Dr Kalyan Mukherjee, a Kolkata orthopaedic surgeon, and have advised the southpaw ten-days' rest.

Ganguly is set to return to Mumbai for reassessment his of elbow problem.

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