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I’m not on edge, says Sourav
- Manager Jagdale takes initiative to ‘reserve’ a room for former captain

Calcutta: One isn’t sure if an effort is being made, but Sourav Ganguly continues to be calm.

“I’m not on edge' As I’ve been saying, my fate isn’t in my hands' I’m prepared for whatever is decided by Justice (Albie) Sachs,” he told The Telegraph on Tuesday, shortly before boarding a British Airways flight from London.

Sourav, who completed his commitments for Glamorgan on Sunday, arrives home in the early hours of Wednesday.

However, he must wait for at least 36 hours to know whether the six-ODI ban stays or is lifted.

That punishment cost him the Team India captaincy.

Justice Sachs, the ICC-appointed arbiter, has already indicated his award on the “dispute” between the BCCI and the world body is going to be made public on Thursday evening.

That will directly impact on the ban.

Incidentally, till late on Tuesday, Justice Sachs hadn’t responded to a BCCI request that lawyers Siddhartha Shankar Ray and Soli Sorabjee be allowed a “hearing.”

A tele-conference, one understands, would also constitute a hearing.

Sourav stands to benefit if the award favours the BCCI. He has, of course, served out one-third of the punishment.

Surprisingly, the BCCI isn’t readying itself to put the former captain on the first flight to Colombo (en route to Dambulla) if Justice Sachs’ award leads to the ban being quashed.

As of now, Sourav is the provisional 16th member for the tri-series which begins with the India versus Sri Lanka face-off on Saturday.

“Perhaps, the BCCI is waiting' I’ve not been told anything,” maintained manager Sanjay Jagdale, when contacted in Dambulla.

He himself took the initiative to ‘reserve’ a room for Sourav in Colombo ' the Indians’ first stop ' and is going to do the same in Dambulla.

“I got the needful done there (Colombo) through our liaison officer and will do likewise here,” Jagdale, a former national selector, informed.

The Indians, who landed in Colombo last Saturday, travelled to Dambulla (some four hours by road) on Tuesday afternoon.

Dambulla is hosting the first three of our four league matches.

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