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Last Updated: Wednesday, 25 May, 2005, 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK
Struggling Glamorgan sign Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly will be available until the end of July
Glamorgan have signed Indian captain Sourav Ganguly following a dismal start to the season.

He is likely to make his debut against Sussex on 1 June and will be available until at least the end of July.

"We wanted to sign someone who not only has a proven track record but who will be looked up to in the dressing room.

"Sourav will be a great asset to the team and we're looking forward to playing with him," Glamorgan captain Robert Croft commented.

The Welsh county have lost all five Championship Division One games so far and the announcement of Ganguly's arrival comes only days after they were linked with his compatriot VVS Laxman.

There is a possibility the 31-year-old could stay longer than the end of July if the Indian board fails to overturn a ban of six one-day internationals imposed on him during a recent series against Pakistan because of the team's slow over rate.

"Unless the ICC overturns that ban on appeal, the player will stay with Glamorgan until the middle of August.

"In the event that he is required back in India at the end of July, the Club will reassess the position then," said a club statement.

Ganguly has a wealth of experience, having played 82 Tests and 271 one-day internationals.

He has been captain of India since a tour to Bangladesh in 2000-01 and has led them to 19 victories in 47 games. They also reached the 2003 World Cup final in South Africa before losing to Australia.

A left-handed batsman and medium pace bowler, Ganguly had a previous spell in county cricket with Lancashire five years ago.

Glamorgan chief executive Mike Fatkin said his arrival would be "exactly the sort of boost which the captain, coach and players require."

He told the club's official website: "To have secured the services of the Indian Test captain will not only help the team but as one of the leading names in world cricket he will prove an attractive draw for our members and supporters."





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