Ganguly pumps for performance over age for ODI selection

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Mumbai, May 16 (UNI) Still smarting after being dropped from the Indian team for the Commonwealth Bank tri-series Down Under, Sourav Ganguly said performance rather than age should be the criteria while selecting players for the ODI squad.

The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper asserted that the performance of seniors players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) pushed home his point.

''It's fashionable to talk of age, but I've always maintained that class and performance matter,'' Ganguly said.

''If you look at the IPL, almost everybody who has got a hundred is over-30... Sanath Jayasuriya is almost 39 ... I myself missed a hundred narrowly.'' The former Team India captain had earlier announced his intentions of winning back his place in the one-day team after the Knight Riders defeated the Delhi Daredevils in their IPL encounter on May 13 at Kolkata.

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar also backed Ganguly's statement and rubbished suggestions that the Twenty20 format is unsuitable for senior players.

''This tournament is the biggest proof that age doesn't matter,'' he said. ''It's performance ... this IPL should stop such questions ...'' UNI XC AB RKM NS2008

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