I want to get back into Team India, says Ganguly

Published: Tuesday, June 20, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Making it clear that his decision to play for Northamptonshire has nothing to do with the financial package, former captain Sourav Ganguly asserted he would perform and stage a comeback to the Team India.

Here for a five-week stint at Northamptonshire, India's most successful captain told BBC Radio Northampton, ''I want to put runs on the board and get back into the national team.

''I'm not here from a financial point of view - it's important to perform. I still feel I've got a lot of cricket in me and every run will be watched,'' he insisted.

Ganguly, who was ignored for the West Indies tour, has previous county experience with Lancashire in 2000 and Glamorgan last year.

The Kolkotta southpaw is in Northamptonshire as a cover for Chris Rogers who is on duty with Australia A.

Ganguly believes playing in Twenty-20, One and four-day cricket, would help his game and he would force his way back into the Indian team.

Ganguly will make his debut on Sunday in the C&G Trophy game with Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and is set to play a four-day game against Pakistan next month.

''I hope I can help the county and this is of mutual benefit to us,'' Ganguly said, adding he was also looking forward to bowl, in these conditions.

''The conditions will help my bowling, it swings around a bit and I enjoy this part of the world.'' ''I have emotional attachments here because I played my first Test in 1996 at Lord's. I'm sure I can learn from the Northamptonshire players and it'll be good for both,'' Ganguly added.

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