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Last Updated: Friday, 12 August 2005, 14:26 GMT 15:26 UK
Ganguly returns as India captain
Ayanjit Sen
BBC in Delhi

India's Sourav Ganguly
India have appointed Sourav Ganguly as captain for their forthcoming series against Zimbabwe.

It will be the 33-year-old's second time at the helm, with his 19 Test wins during his previous spell making his India's most successful captain.

His appointment was confirmed at Friday's selectors' meeting in Mumbai.

"Whoever is captain has to perform and we need to do well as a team," said Ganguly, who has suffered a downturn in his form with the bat.

He has scored just 927 runs from his last 20 Test matches, but the selectors have kept faith with him.

"We've not been doing very well in one-day matches in the past one year and it's important we do well," he added.

"I hope there is a good partnership among Rahul Dravid, (coach) Greg Chappell and myself so that we can get a winning combination."

Ganguly originally lost the job to Dravid after a ban for slow over rates saw him sit out four matches.

He is expected to take part in discussions on Saturday with Chappell and the selectors to choose the squad for the Zimbabwe series.

The squad is expected to be announced on Sunday, with veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman reported to be in danger of missing out.

There were deliberations among the selectors and following that a final decision was taken
Indian cricket board secretary S K Nair

Ganguly, who was first made captain in 2000, led India to some memorable wins with a 2-1 series win against Australia in 2001, a place in the World Cup final and Test and one-day series win in Pakistan last year.

Dravid's short reign included two wins against a second-string West Indies in the recent one-day series in Sri Lanka.

But India lost all the three matches against Sri Lanka - including the final - prompting Ganguly's reinstatement.

"There were deliberations among the selectors and following that a final decision was taken," said Indian cricket board secretary S K Nair.

The five-man committee is headed by former Test wicket-keeper Kiran More.

India have a busy calendar ahead with scheduled home series against Sri Lanka, South Africa and England and tours to Pakistan and the West Indies during the next nine months.


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