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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 October 2005, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Ganguly dropped as India captain
Sourav Ganguly
Ganguly had been captain for five years
India have axed Sourav Ganguly as captain for the winter series against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

Ganguly has been struggling with an elbow injury but has also been involved in a damaging public row with coach, Australian Greg Chappell.

He is being replaced by long-term deputy Rahul Dravid - but could still play as a batsman in the team.

Ganguly had been captain for five years and is India's most successful skipper with 21 Test wins and 76 ODI victories.

India cricket board secretary Karunakaran Nair said Ganguly's place in the team would be determined by his form and fitness.

He has every right to come back into the Indian team after he proves he is fit
Karunakaran Nair on Ganguly

"We have been holding consultations and we have arrived at a unanimous decision that Rahul Dravid will be the skipper for the Sri Lanka and South Africa series," he said.

"There is nothing unusual. Dravid was selected on the basis of his performance.

"As far as Ganguly is concerned, he has a chance to play in the Duleep Trophy match and also show his fitness on 17 October.

"He has every right to come back into the Indian team after he proves he is fit."

The 33-year-old was captain for the Zimbabwe series but later accused Chappell of asking him to step down before the first Test in Bulawayo because of his poor batting form.

Chappell sent a confidential email to the board in which he said Ganguly was physically and mentally unfit to lead India.

The email was leaked and caused a huge row which led to the cricket board calling a crisis meeting. Both agreed to a truce.

Dravid, 32 and in Australia for the Super Series, has led India in Ganguly's absence and has had mixed results in five Test matches and 17 ODIs.

The squad for the seven-match Sri Lanka series, which starts on 25 October, will be named on Friday.



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