Ganguly absence irks Bangladesh fans


DHAKA, May 8, 2007 (AFP) – The mystery of the missing Sourav Ganguly has baffled not only Indian fans but also millions of his supporters across the border in Bangladesh. The former India captain and senior pro Sachin Tendulkar were left out of the one-day series starting here on Thursday, with the selectors insisting the duo had been rested.

Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev was convinced the two had been dropped after the World Cup debacle where India were knocked out in the first round after losing to Bangladesh and eventual finalists Sri Lanka.

Both Ganguly and Tendulkar have been picked for the two Test matches to follow, but the omission of two of the most successful batsmen in one-day history has irked Bangladeshi fans.

“India just refuses to take Bangladesh seriously and they will pay for it like they did in the World Cup,” said a young fan Ashraful Momin.

“Sourav ‘dada’ (elder brother) is very popular here, and not getting a chance to see him and Sachin is very disappointing.”

Added another fan Mohammad Shamim: “Ganguly is our hero, not because he is a fellow Bengali, but because he is a great player.

“We would have thought Indi

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