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Last Updated: Monday, 1 August 2005, 12:24 GMT 13:24 UK
Ganguly just wants to play again
Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly pictured at the team hotel on Monday
Sourav Ganguly is back with the Indian squad after serving a four-match ban.

But his absence from the team could have consequences for the 33-year-old from Calcutta.

He has lost his captaincy to Rahul Dravid and there is no guarantee he will be selected for the tri-series with Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Ganguly said: "I don't mind not being captain. I'll just go and play my game. I'm not worried about the captaincy and I'll bat at any position."

He has not played for India since he was banned in April for persistently slow over-rates against Pakistan.

Initially it was a six-game ban but was reduced to four on appeal.

Dravid had been deputising in his absence and will continue as captain.
I am not a big supporter of match bans because it can put the careers of some captains on the line
He was keeping his cards close to his chest as to who he will select for Wednesday's match against Sri Lanka.

"I'm not going to reveal my secrets. Sourav's position is to be revealed on the day of the game," said Dravid.

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was not in favour of the punishment meted out to Ganguly, adding it could seriously harm one's career.

He said: " I am not a big supporter of match bans because it can put the careers of some captains on the line.

"Sourav Ganguly is a perfect example of the ICC ban. You see six-match ban practically means you are out of two series.

"When the ban is finished, you are left struggling to reclaim your place, a situation in which the left-hander finds himself."

Ganguly simply wants to get back playing and is just 33 runs short of reaching 10,000 in one-day internationals and would become only the third player, together with Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam to achieve the feat.

He added: "It will be nice to complete 10,000 runs and win the trophy."


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