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    Ranji Trophy: Ganguly to lead Bengal

    Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will lead Bengal in the absence of regular captain Manoj Tiwary.

    Kolkata: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will lead Bengal against Haryana in their Ranji Trophy away match from November 29, in the absence of regular captain Manoj Tiwary.

    Tiwary will be with the national squad for the upcoming one-day series against West Indies.

    Bengal vice-captain Wriddhiman Saha, who has been picked as the second wicket-keeper in the Test squad for the tour Down Under, has opted out to focus on the very important Australia tour, chairman of Bengal selectors Deep Dasgupta told PTI.

    "Ganguly will lead the side as Wriddhiman (Saha) wants to prepare for the Tests against Australia, concentrating more on batting and wicket-keeping for the big series," he said.

    It will be after a long time that the retired India left-hander, who represents Pune in the IPL, will be seen leading his state. In the 2005-06 season, Ganguly was to lead the home side against Maharashtra in an away match but he had stepped down to pave the way for Deep Dasgupta, the current state selection committee chairman.

    Bengal had a poor outing in their last match when their middle-order batting collapsed to concede a three points to a lowly Madhya Pradesh, as Bengal settled for one point in the home tie after conceding a first-innings lead. With four points from two matches, Bengal lie low in fifth position in Group B of the Elite League standings.

    Meanwhile, the selectors have drafted in Joyjit Basu in place of Manoj Tiwary, who has been picked in the India squad for the first three ODIs in the five-match series against West Indies, beginning in Cuttack on November 29.