Selectors to name skipper on Thursday

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

The Indian selectors will meet in Mohali on Thursday to appoint the skipper for the seven one-day internationals against Sri Lanka.

Selectors to name skipper on Thursday

Mohali:

The Indian selectors will meet in Mohali on Thursday to appoint the skipper for the seven one-day internationals against Sri Lanka. Given Sourav Ganguly's injury, the selectors have a few choices. They can either appoint Rahul Dravid as captain for the entire series or name him skipper for the first few games till Sourav recovers. But the boldest decision would be to name Dravid the captain for an even longer duration. Clarification issued Though the chairman of selectors clarified news reports of Dravid taking over as the skipper, many suspect the denial was not needed since they don't have much of an option. The BCCI has also gone on record saying that they want a captain appointed for the entire series rather than match by match. Sourav's next fitness test is likely to be on October 18. Assuming he clears that and plays a Duleep Trophy game to prove his fitness from the 20th to the 22nd, there will only be two days left before the first one dayer against Sri Lanka on the 25th. Clearly the arithmetic is not adding up for Sourav. Dravid is no stranger to the task of captaincy. Sourav's frequent injuries and suspensions have meant that he's already been in-charge for 17 one dayers and five Tests. Whatever is the selectors' decision, it is clearly not happy times for India's longest serving and most successful captain.

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