Calcutta: The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to “immediately” fly Dinesh Mongia to New Zealand.
According to The Telegraph’s sources, this decision was taken after Monday’s selection committee meeting in the city, where Mongia made the World Cup XV.
Mongia, of course, didn’t make the XVI for the on-going seven-match ODI series. He would have, with a bit of luck, but captain Sourav Ganguly asked for an extra bowler and, so, rookie Rakesh Patel got the call.
The selectors (with Brijesh Patel in the chair), one understands, felt it would be “absurd” if Mongia prepared for the quadrennial showpiece sitting in India, while V.V.S.Laxman continued to get opportunities in New Zealand. As was tipped in these columns, the slot currently held by Laxman has gone to Mongia (in the World Cup).
As of now, Mongia should be available for selection from the fourth ODI, in Queenstown on January 4. Laxman, however, will stay as Mongia’s status is that of an additional player.
India are trailing 0-2.