Karachi: Sourav Ganguly is in with a chance of making his one-day comeback, too, in Pakistan. The Team India squad for the five-match series is to be chosen on Sunday, via a tele-conference, and the former captain will almost surely be there if 16 are picked.
Till late on Saturday, though, nobody here could confirm whether the squad is going to be 15 or 16-strong. “I’ve asked (chief selector) Kiran More for a clarification,” is all that East’s representative on the selection committee, Ranjib Biswal, could say.
According to The Telegraph’s sources, three of the five selectors have already had a discussion among themselves and aren’t “disinclined” towards Sourav. However, the views of captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell will probably count the most ' largely because the focus is on the 2007 World Cup.
Sourav, it may be recalled, hasn’t played a single ODI after the tri-series in Zimbabwe. Once home, he wasn’t available for the first two of the 12 matches (against Sri Lanka and South Africa) and, then, wasn’t considered for the rest.
As of now, four from the Test squad ' Anil Kumble, V. V. S. Laxman, Wasim Jaffer and Parthiv Patel ' are certain to go back after the face-off at the National Stadium, beginning on Sunday. Mohammed Kaif, Murali Kartik, Suresh Raina and S. Sreesanth are expected to come over.
The Test squad, of course, has 16.