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Loud and clear message sent: Ganguly

Press Trust Of India
Aug 18, 2012 at 08:14pm IST

Kolkata: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said VVS Laxman has sent out a "loud and clear" message to the selectors by deciding to quit international cricket with immediate effect.

"[Kris] Srikkanth has a big problem in communicating. A player like Laxman would not train so hard just to keep himself fit for two Tests. If they [selectors] had conveyed their opinion to Laxman earlier, this situation would not have surfaced. Why they stretched till August? Probably, the selectors' judgement has hurt him the most," Ganguly said.

The 40-year-old also felt that Srikkanth's selection policy will be detrimental to the progress of Indian cricket. "They [selectors] don't select a team taking into account the future of Indian cricket. They merely do a balancing act by means of removing and adding somebody. Indian cricket will not progress this way."

Loud and clear message sent to selectors: Ganguly

The former India captain said Kris Srikkanth and his selection panel should have communicated with Laxman about the batsman's future plans.

Without mincing his words Ganguly said he was surprised how Laxman couldn’t reach MS Dhoni, the India captain. "A skipper should be available for his players 24 hours. I don't know why Dhoni does this... But I think situation would have been different, if Laxman had got Dhoni's support," Ganguly said.

The former India captain seconded Laxman’s decision to hang his boots now and not wait till the end of New Zealand series. "Making this sound like a farewell series [for Laxman] does not make any sense. It's a fantastic decision... By this he [Laxman] has sent a loud and clear message to the selectors."

"He was training very hard for about four months at the NCA and was expecting to play this season. Hats off to Laxman. He is 200 per cent right in his decision."

Ganguly was also not happy that Laxman became a scapegoat for India's 0-8 drubbing in Tests in England and Australia while some of the other players had done more miserably. "Even Dhoni, [Gautam] Gambhir, Ishant [Sharma] failed in Australia. It's a complete case of treating unequally. Age cannot be a factor," he said pointing out at India's performance Down Under.

"I was doing commentary in that series. It was green-top all the way and Ishant could take only five wickets from four Test matches. If Laxman is singled out, then why not others?" he questioned. "If this is the policy, then we will never be able to build a good side," he continued.

Ganguly also had a word of caution for Team India in the upcoming England and Australia series later in the year. "I'm not sure about the outcome of the NZ series as they are a comparatively weaker side. But it would not be easy at home against England and Australia."

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