Challenger Series - Ganguly ruled out

Ganguly is not playing in the Challenger Series. He has been diagnosed with a mild tennis elbow symptom and would have to take rest (no parachute training till then) for 10 days. The Challenger Series was a good opportunity for Ganguly to make a strong case for himself before the selectors got together to name the captain for the upcoming series. With this new development, the selectors would find it a bit easy in naming Dravid as the new skipper. Hopefully, atleast this time they would make it clear to all and sundry that Dravid is the long-term captain and that he isn't just filling in for someone who is injured.

In Ganguly's absence, Kaif has been named the skipper for the Challenger Series. Kaif has always been regarded as a good captain-in-the-making (ever since his junior days) and it is good to see the selectors show some faith in him.

Interestingly, Satyajit Parab has been pulled out of the India B side and put in the Seniors Side as Ganguly's replacement. Dhoni would probably open the innings with Tendulkar and all of a sudden the middle order of the Seniors side doesn't really look all that menacing. The twelfth man would be either Parab or Vidyut.

Yusuf Pathan comes into the India B side as Parab's replacement. He is the fifth spin bowling all-rounder in the side (Mongia, Sriram, Piyush and Nair are the other four). I would have expected a batsman to have been brought in, but this arrangement should allow young RaviKant Shukla an opportunity to break into the XI as a batsman.

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