Ganguly wants Tendulkar to play 2011 world cup

Published: Sunday, March 8, 2009, 11:25 [IST]
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'Sachin should play in  2011 World Cup'

Patna: Sachin Tendulkar should play in the 2011 world cup, feels former captain Sourav Ganguly.

"Sachin is quite capable of playing in the 2011 World Cup and he should play in it though the decision has to be entirely his," Ganguly told reporters at a promotional programme here.

Ganguly expressed concern over the recent terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Asked whether Pakistan should be denied hosting rights of 2011 World Cup matches, Ganguly said, "The terror strike on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore proves that Pakistan as of now is not safe for the game." The Kolkata Knight Riders captain, however, dismissed apprehensions of any terror threat to the Indian Premier League (IPL), saying, "It is completely safe and preparations are already underway for holding the matches.

"The Knight Riders will begin practice from March 16," he said.

Describing the current Indian team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a 'balanced' one, Ganguly said when he was captain, he often suggested the gifted wicketkeeper-batsman to go up in the batting order.


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