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'Sachin inclusion in Asia Cup justified'

Press Trust Of India
Mar 02, 2012 at 08:49pm IST

Kolkata: Former captain Sourav Ganguly has backed the Indian selectors' decision to include an out-of form Sachin Tendulkar in the squad for the upcoming Asia Cup.

The 39-year-old former ODI opening partner of the Mumbai stalwart was of the view that Tendulkar's inclusion in the squad would help India's cause.

"It's a right decision to include Tendulkar in the squad for the Asia Cup. His experience will be a great asset to the side and the youngsters can learn a lot from him," Ganguly said.

Ganguly backs Sachin inclusion in Asia Cup

"His experience will be a great asset to the side," said Ganguly.

Asked whether Tendulkar should opt to play in the longer version only, Ganguly said, "It's up to him to pick the format he would like to play."

Tendulkar has scored only 143 runs in seven matches in the ongoing CB Series, with his highest being 48 against Sri Lanka in Perth.

Ganguly also believes that Virender Sehwag was not dropped but rested for the Asia Cup, beginning March 11.

Sporting a No. 10 jersey, Ganguly captained a side of former footballers against a celebrity XI, led by Mithun Chakraborty to, raise funds for 70s star Gautam Sarkar at the Mohun Bagan ground on Friday afternoon.

"I am a great admirer of Sarkar. It was indeed great to participate in the match," Ganguly, who played for about 10 minutes before pulling out because of a viral flu, said.

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