India news March 25, 2012

Ganguly injures hamstring, but expected to be fit for IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly, the Bengal captain, was forced to sit out of his team's quarter-final clash against Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy due to a hamstring injury. Ganguly sustained the injury during an exhibition match in Dubai while playing for the Marylebone Cricket Club against Lancashire on March 23.

The injury, however, will not have an impact on Ganguly's preparation for the IPL, a Sahara Pune Warriors official told ESPNcricinfo. Ganguly was recently named captain of the Warriors for the IPL's fifth season and he will also double up as a team mentor in the absence of a head coach.

Deep Dasgupta, the Bengal chairman of selectors, said Ganguly, who flew back to Kolkata from Dubai, will be available for selection should Bengal qualify for the semi-final of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in Mumbai. Manoj Tiwary is leading Bengal in Ganguly's absence.