Kolkata:Keen to get out of the Plate zone, the Cricket Association of Bengal wants former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly to play for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy Championship and lift the team from the pits.
The CAB will have a word with Ganguly as uncertainty prevails on his availability till the announcement of the Indian Test team for the home series against Australia.
Left out of the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy, meant to feature probables for the Australia series, Ganguly's chances of making it to the Test squad hence stands remote.
With retirement theory being widely speculated by many, it remains to be seen whether the sidelined Ganguly, known for making comebacks, performs his way back into the side by representing Bengal in the Plate Division.
"The president (Jagmohan Dalmiya) will speak to Ganguly in a few days. He is available for Bengal, there's no confusion over that. But he has to wait for the Test team announcement for the Australia series, though he has an outside chance. But we'll speak to him soon, confirming his availability," CAB joint-secretary Arun Mitra said.
Dalmiya meanwhile asserted that Ganguly will not shun Bengal as far as playing in the Ranji Trophy is concerned.
"Where is the question of him (Ganguly) not playing for Bengal arising? He is a Bengal player, so automatically he will play for Bengal. There's no confusion in this regard," Dalmiya said
Incidentally, Ganguly is not turning up for his daily morning routine at Eden Gardnes these days.
Even as Ganguly in an interview to a British daily said he was not mulling retirement and has couple of years left in him, it's widely seen by many that it's the end of the cricketing career for the former India captain.