How teams are picked
Lokendra Pratap Sahi again -- this time, on the Sourav Ganguly issue.
ccording to The Telegraph’s sources in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), manager Raj Singh Dungarpur was assigned to “convince” captain Rahul Dravid and, more important, coach Greg Chappell about the need to include Sourav in the series-launching Test at the Gaddafi from tomorrow.
Apparently, the captain and coach’s initial (and consistent) stand was that the in-form Yuvraj Singh wouldn’t be “sacrificed” and Sourav could only make it as vice-captain Virender Sehwag’s partner. It's not confirmed, but Dravid may himself have informed his predecessor about the new role.
The move for Sourav’s comeback --- he didn’t play the last Test, in Motera --- was initiated late last evening after a very senior BCCI official telephoned Raj Singh, asking him to place a “suggestion” before Dravid and Chappell.
Basically, that it would be “sensible” to utilise the former captain’s experience (86 Tests) in a tough series. What, perhaps, wasn’t conveyed is that relegating Sourav to the reserves would start another controversy. If he didn’t have a place in the XI, what was the point of bringing him to Pakistan?