Indian Team vs Pakistan
December 14, 2005
Ganguly recalled to face Pakistan
India have recalled former captain Sourav Ganguly to their 16-man squad to tour Pakistan next month and given him a central contract for the next year. The selectors also recalled left-arm seamer Zaheer Khan after a three-month absence but dropped batsman Mohammad Kaif and spinner Murali Karthik.
Ganguly, India's most successful Test captain with 21 wins, has scored 5,150 runs in 86 Tests. Ganguly led India to historic Test match and one-day series victories on the last tour to Pakistan in 2004.
Indian cricket board secretary Niranjan Shah announced the list of contracted players for the coming year with Ganguly one of eight in grade A. The others in the top bracket are Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar
, Virender Sehwag
, VVS Laxman, Irfan Pathan, Kumble and Harbhajan.
Yuvraj , Kaif, Mahendra Dhoni and Ajit Agarkar have been put in grade B.
Zaheer, Kartik and Gautam Gambhir form grade C.
Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian team.
Indian Cricket Team Rahul Dravid
(capt), Virender Sehwag
(vice-capt), Sachin Tendulkar
, Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Wasim Jaffar, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar, RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Anil Kumble, MS Dhoni (wkt), Parthiv Patel (wkt).