Though Ganguly arrived here this afternoon, he did not attend the net practice with his teammates, who trained under the watchful eyes of their coach Paras Mahambrey andthen left for their hotel rooms.
Maharashtra players also had a brief session of net practice under Australian coach Darren Holder. Both the teams have set realistic goals and would like to play a good game of cricket.
While Ganguly cannot expect to relax, especially in view of his weakness for short-pitched deliveries, Maharashtra import Munaf Patel, one of the fast bowlers in the country, is expected to test the former Indian captain with his bouncers.
Former India stumper and Bengal vice-captain Deep Dasgupta said the team did not play well last year and therefore this season they would not like to repeat the mistakes. He said"Paras Mhambrey, the new Bengal coach, has brought in fresh inputs and we have to wait to see how they benefit the team's overall performance".
Dasgupta said Ganguly's presence definitely would act as a great motivational factor for the Bengal players.