Ganguly playing a domestic match in Calcutta on Thursday
Sourav Ganguly has been recalled by India for the first two home one-day internationals against West Indies.
But Virender Sehwag has been dropped after a poor run of form in South Africa, while Anil Kumble and Irfan Pathan have also been axed.
Ganguly has not played a ODI since September 2005, but an injury to Yuvraj Singh has created an opportunity.
Chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar said: "Ganguly has done well - that's why he's here in the team."
The first match is in Nagpur on 21 January, with the second in Cuttack three days later.
The squad will be updated for the second half of the series, with matches in Madras (Chennai) and Baroda.
Sehwag struggled in both forms of the game in South Africa, averaging just nine in the one-day series and 14 in the Tests.
But he has been included in India's "World Cup probables" squad, also announced on Friday.
Vengsarkar added: "Sehwag has to sort out his batting - he needs to go back to nets to sort things out.
"He's a good batsman. The break will do him good and he can soon be back in the team."
Joginder Sharma wins a recall over two years since playing the last of his three international one-dayers against Bangladesh.
An attacking all-rounder, he now has a chance to grab a place in India's squad for March's World Cup.
21-year-old Robin Uthappa has also been given another chance to impress, but Dinesh Mongia makes way.
India struggled in the one-day game throughout 2006.
They lost their recent one-day series against South Africa 4-0, were beaten 4-1 in the West Indies, lost a tri-nations final to Australia and failed to make the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy.
Ganguly has a strong record in the the two World Cups he has played in. Along with Mark Waugh and compatriot Sachin Tendulkar he has a record four World Cup centuries.
India squad for West Indies series:
Rahul Dravid (capt), Robin Uthappa, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Gautham Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Powar, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, Ajit Agarkar, RP Singh.
India World Cup probables:
Rahul Dravid (captain), Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, S Sreesanth, Ajit Agarkar, Suresh Raina, Romesh Pawar, Anil Kumble, Rudra Pratap Singh, Dinesh Mongia, VRV Singh, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik, Sourav Ganguly, Parthiv Patel, Zaheer Khan, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Subramaniam Badrinath, Ishant Sharma, Joginder Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rajesh Powar.