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Ganguly nominated to BCCI's technical committee

Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain, has been nominated to the BCCI's technical committee, a release from N Srinivasan, the Indian board secretary, said.

Ganguly recently bowed out of international cricket: he had announced his retirement before the start of the recent home series against Australia. The BCCI has not indicated the nature of Ganguly's role, but he will be part of the committee along with former captains Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth.

Ganguly said Srinivasan had called him regarding the appointment and he agreed to it after ensuring the only travelling involved was to attend meetings. "Of course, I'm looking forward to working with Sunny [Gavaskar]," Ganguly told the Kolkata-based Telegaph. "At this moment, though, I'm not absolutely clear about what I'm expected to do. That should be known during the first meeting."

Gavaskar is the chairman of the committee, which generally makes recommendations to the BCCI on the playing conditions and the structure of the domestic game. At a recent meeting in August, the committee had allowed state associations to pick four "guest players" [ those from areas outside their jurisdiction] in their squad, including one from overseas, from the 2008-09 season onwards. Earlier only three such players were allowed.

Ganguly is likely to continue playing for his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, with whom he has a three-year contract. He is also slated to play Bengal's final league game in the Ranji Trophy Plate League, against Vidarbha in Nagpur - the same city where he played his final Test against Australia.

The BCCI had appointed a nine-member committee at the recent annual general meeting. Following are the other members of the panel:
Sunil Gavaskar (chairman), Chetan Chauhan, MV Sridhar, Biman Bhattacharjee, Milind Rege, Gyanendra Pandey, K Srikkanth, VK Ramaswamy, N Srinivasan (convenor).