> "The Indian board is not planning to seek an explantion from Sourav Ganguly
> over his decision to skip the last two Ranji Trophy ties of Bengal.
> "We are not going to write to anyone seeking explanation. What can we do if
> he doesn't play," said Niranjan Shah, BCCI Secretary ..."
> er, *drop* him from the team ?
Theyve handled this pretty well, I think. The guy has already been
picked for the tour of Pakistan, it doesnt make sense to raise
a controversy now and mess with his head or anything. Something
needed to be done (he skipped the last 2 matches after all), but
getting a written excuse etc would just allow it all to play out
in the media for another couple of days, which would be good
Sehwag just led Delhi to a victory over Railways on a horrible
underprepared pitch. After that, he came out and lambasted
the DDCA and the Delhi selectors, saying that they never
gave the captain or manager the team they wanted, there
was too much politics in selection etc (this is of course
old news - Bhandari the captain said after the last match
that he would never captain again due to this politics, the
manager and captain had staged a walkout in protest in
the last selection meeting, 2 senior players have already
announced their "unavailability" for this years Ranjis etc).
But, after the Ranji game was done, Sehwag asked special
permission of the BCCI to be allowed to play the next Ranji
match too, along with Gambhir - he said both wanted to
assist Delhi in their critical next round of matches. The next
round begins on January 3rd, and would go till the 6th - the
Indian team was due to leave for Pakistan on the 5th. He
basically wanted to play the last game, with Gambhir, and
then leave a day late for Pakistan. (As an aside, pretty
damn impressive committment - would that there were more
So, the BCCI has cleverly announced today that it has given
Sehwag permission to play the next round. And, at the same
time, they announced that they have also "given permission"
to Ganguly, Kumble and Parthiv Patel to play for their
respective Ranji teams in the next round :-) Those 4 players
will thus all go to Pakistan on January 7th, a day or two
after the rest of the squad.
A pretty decent way of handling it, really. Most guys who were
in the ODI and test squad both were allowed a break in this
round of Ranjis, before the tour of Pakistan. The rest were
basically expected to play. Someone like Sehwag played for
his team anyway, and has even asked for more. But the 3 guys
who did miss this last round of Ranjis without having been in
both test and ODI squads the past couple of months are now
being made to play one more round of Ranjis before they get
to go to Pakistan. The purpose has been achieved without
excessive controversy over the last couple of days, and thats
a good thing overall.
Sadiq [ very strong Pak-A squad announced for our 3-dayer there ] Yusuf