Calcutta: Sanjay Jagdale has been a party to Sourav Ganguly’s exclusion from Team India, but that hasn’t stopped him from inviting the former captain for the seventh (and final) ODI versus England, in Indore, on Saturday.
Besides being Central’s representative on the senior selection committee, Jagdale is secretary of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), which will be staging a one-dayer in Indore after five years.
“We’ve invited all former captains (including the banned Mohammed Azharuddin) and, obviously, Sourav is one of them' I didn’t have his fax number and, so, sent the invitation to the Cricket Association of Bengal,” Jagdale told The Telegraph.
Speaking on Monday afternoon, he added: “I haven’t got a reply as yet, but we’re looking forward to hosting him'”
The invitation, though, hadn’t reached Sourav by the evening. “Till I’ve got it, I can’t say whether I’m going or not,” he said.
Wanting to avoid awkward moments made Sourav decline Inderjit Singh Bindra’s invitation for last month’s Mohali Test. For much the same reason, he may say ‘no’ to Jagdale.
Owing to prior commitments, Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have already conveyed their regrets.
Saturday’s ODI, by the way, will be the first at the newly-built MPCA Stadium on the Holkars’ Usharaje Ground.
“We’ve finally got our own facility and, hopefully, everything is going to go off without a hitch,” Jagdale remarked.
Indore, incidentally, is Rahul Dravid’s birthplace and his short break will end there.