Someone doesn~~t want me in Team India: Ganguly

Published: Friday, September 1, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: Sourav Ganguly is convinced that he is good enough to play for Team India again but there is ''someone'' who doesn't want him to be part of the Men in Blue.

Breaking his silence on his ouster from the side, a 'hurt'' Ganguly told CNN-IBN that he was disappointed at being thrown out of the team and it's obvious that someone doesn't want him in the side.

Asked if he meant coach Greg Chappell, Ganguly said, ''I don't want to point fingers at any individual or blame anyone. It is not just a coach, but a captain, the selectors, they all choose the team. There is obviously some reason why I am not in the team.

''These are not decisions that one person takes, but it is obvious that someone doesn't want me in the team for whatever reason,'' he said.

On the controversial e-mail that Chappell had written after the Zimbabwe tour accusing Ganguly of being ''lazy'' and arrogant, the former captain said, ''That's what the e-mail suggests. That's all I can say.'' Asked if he had spoken to Chappell in the last few months, Ganguly said, ''We have spoken a few times, but we haven't spoken about the mail. I have not tried at any stage to find out why I was dropped or anything like that...I don't think that will achieve anything.'' He also asserted that it won't be end of all roads if he is not picked for the Champions Trophy final XI.

''The Champions Trophy is only one tournament. There is a lot of cricket to be played between now and the World Cup. A lot of it is One-day cricket and I still believe that I will have utility to the team and am good enough to play for India. There is lot of cricket ahead and anyone who performs will be in the frame,'' he said.

Asked if he still has a cordial relationship with his former deputy and successor Rahul Dravid, Ganguly said, ''Yes, it is. We are the best of friends.'' Ganguly also rubbished claims that his well-documented argument in Pakistan with Dravid and coach Greg Chappell was over his place of choice in the batting order.

''Let me tell you that was an argument over the side and the way we should go forward.. it was not about anything else. The television cameras just caught us debating.. we did not fight and I think eventually Rahul clarified everything at a press conference. ''We discussed something else.. and it was not about my position in the batting order,'' he said.

Ganguly, however, was evasive when asked about his sour relationship with Chappell.

''I do not want to go into this. I do not think it that way and I know one thing. If it happens to you, then all you can do is to sit back and watch. There is very little you can do. It's the same with me and no one knows it better than me. So it's better I do not talk.. because here the moment you talk, it will be held against you,'' he said.

Asked if he had lobbied for a return to the side, Ganguly dismissed such claims and said, ''I have not spoken to anyone. I met (BCCI President) Sharad Pawar once just to get a few things clarified but never did I ask him to push for my return to the side.'' And Ganguly also ruled out a retirement after the World Cup.

''Why should I retire? I am still 33, I still am at an age where I have a lot of cricket in me, if I perform I will be there,'' the southpaw added.

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