The Ganguly controversy March 8, 2006

More denies writing Ganguly off


Kiran More, India's chairman of selectors, has claimed that he was grossly misquoted on the contentious Sourav Ganguly issue and said he had decided to refrain from speaking to the media, at least for the time being.

"I have started fearing the [media] - I don't know what all you will write," he said when asked to comment on the statement attributed to him that Ganguly would not be picked to play Tests for India ever again. He said, "I don't know from where this one came up."

More, who actively participated in the nets of the Indian team at the PCA ground, refused to divulge any information regarding the composition of the team for the second Test beginning on Thursday in Mohali. "All I can say is that the mood in the camp is very positive. The body language of the players during practice was very good."

Meanwhile, in an interesting development, Ganguly will be in Mohali, but only as a spectator. Ganguly has accepted an invitation to watch the match, said the Punjab Cricket Association's president, IS Bindra, on Tuesday. "As a former captain, we have invited him to watch the India-England match and he has already given his confirmation. Sourav said he will be coming to watch the Test after March 11, because that day he has his involvement in Jaipur [at the Deodhar Trophy match]."