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Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 15, 2005

Pawar ‘shocked’ over Ganguly’s exclusion
NDTV Correspondent

Thursday, December 15, 2005 (Kolkata):

Former BCCI President IS Bindra has said he doesn’t approve of the way in which Sourav Ganguly was dropped from the Indian Test squad.

Bindra also claimed cricket board President Sharad Pawar was shocked to hear the news and may take up the matter with the selectors.

On Wednesday, Ganguly was dropped from the Test side despite his decent performance in the Delhi match.

He was replaced by Mumbai opener Wasim Jaffer, which gave rise to the speculation that the decision was influenced by the BCCI top brass, most of whom hail from the West Zone.

Protests held

The decision has also seen some angry reactions on the street. Kolkata erupted in protest for the second consecutive day over the unceremonious sacking.

The cricketer’s fans put up road blockades, conducted mock hangings and shradh ceremonies of coach Greg Chappell and selection committee chairman Kiran More.

Around 300 people blocked the Behala Chowrasta crossing on the busy Diamond Harbour Road near Ganguly’s residence shouting slogans demanding that the left-hander be recalled to the Indian team.

Vehicular traffic came to a standstill at the intersection during the 15-minute long agitation, but those stranded were in no mood to complain.

“This is needed. We must voice our protest against the injustice done to our boy. There should be more such agitations,” said a middle-aged bus passenger.

‘Betrayal of cricket’

Even the artists forum in Kolkata have joined the chorus of protestors that Ganguly being axed was unjustified.

“What has been done is a betrayal of cricket. It is the shabbiest, shoddiest treatment that a national hero has ever received,” said Soumitra Chatterjee, the veteran matinee idol.

Leading film and television artists of West Bengal have demanded that the cricketer be brought back to the national side immediately.

Chatterjee said they will send a protest letter to Pawar, and are also in touch with several politicians to ensure that the wrong done to the former captain was redressed.

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