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Sourav not out of frame completely
- Squad for ODIs in WI
- Team management doesn't want chapter reopened, but...

Calcutta: Well-placed sources in Abu Dhabi have confirmed both captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell donít want the Sourav Ganguly chapter to be reopened.

However, sources at home have indicated ďsomeĒ selectors intend taking an ďaggressiveĒ stand during Thursday afternoonís selection committee meeting in Mumbai.

Kiran More and his colleagues (V.B. Chandrasekhar, Bhupinder Singh, Sanjay Jagdale and Ranjib Biswal) will be picking 16 for the five ODIs in the West Indies, between May 18-28.

The squad for the Test series is going to be chosen later.

Eastís Biswal had the support of Bhupinder (North) and Southís Chandrasekhar when Sourav got recalled the last time ' four months ago, for the Test series in Pakistan.

If the former captainís career is to be revived, then all three will again have to speak in unison. Firmly, too.

ďThe team management continues to be opposed (to Sourav), but a concerted move is being made to rehabilitate the former captain,Ē one of the sources told The Telegraph late on Wednesday.

Two factors could work in Souravís favour: Sachin Tendulkarís absence (itís confirmed he wonít be available for the ODIs) and Mohammed Kaifís pathetic run.

Strangely, despite scores of 8, 5 not out, 0, 0, 4, 0, 0, 5 and 15 this year, Dravid and Chappell appear to favour Kaif being persisted with.

They dropped him for the last three ODIs, though.

Souravís backers on the selection committee may go along with the captain and coach if he gets accommodated. Give-and-take, after all, has been an age-old arrangement.

Incidentally, Souravís last ODI appearance was in the tri-series final in Harare, versus New Zealand, more than seven months ago.

The Board hasnít announced that the tour party is going to be 16-strong, but one of the selectors informed it would be so.

He said: ďThere were 16 on the last tour, to Pakistan' Initially, we only picked 15, but Ramesh Powar was added after the first ODI' With the West Indies being so far away, itís better to have 16'Ē

Thereís talk of two wicketkeepers being picked, but thatís not confirmed.

Some feel Mahendra Singh Dhoni must have a deputy, while others are of the opinion that (in an emergency) Dravid can himself wear the big gloves.

Given that Dinesh Karthik was plucked out of nowhere and fielded in Indore last week, he would be the favourite to accompany Dhoni if two wicketkeepers do make the squad.

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