City fans protest against dropping of Sourav from ODI Team

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Kolkata, Jan 20 (UNI) A wave of protests ringed the city today after Sourav Ganguly was unceremoniously dropped from the ODI team for the tri-series, featureing Australia and Sri Lanka, to be played Down Under.

While some came out on the streets protesting, others burnt effigies of the selectors as a mark of their anger for the unjust treatment meted out to the southpaw over and over again.

People in Behala, near Ganguly's residence, made noisy protests and burnt effigy of Sharad Pawar, shouting slogans ''Unfair Unfair Take Back Sourav''.

Former national selector Sambaran Banerjee said, ''Grounds, on which Sourav was dropped, is absolutely flimsy and cannot be accepted.'' Another former national selector Pranab Roy said, ''This is dictatorship. People are being kept and dropped according to personal whims.

Sourav Ganguly's elder brother Snehasis Ganguly said, ''You need batting and bowling in additiom to fielding. I don't know if fielding is the only criteria for being selected in the ODI team.

Incidentaly, Sourav has been dropped after being awarded the Man of the Series in the recently concluded India-Pakistan home series.

He had also scored more than 1,000 runs with an average of 44 in the ODIs since his return last year.

Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman had been dropped from the ODI team, as announced today.


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