Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly will lead Bengal against Haryana in their away Ranji Trophy match from November 29 in the absence of regular captain Manoj Tiwary.
Tiwary will be on national duty in the one-day series against the West Indies. Bengal vice-captain Wriddhiman Saha, who has been picked as the second wicketkeeper in the Test squad for the tour down under, has opted out to focus on the much 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 wicketkeeping for the big series," he said. It will be after a long time that the retired India left-hander, who represents Pune in 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 Dasgupta, the current state selection committee chairman.
Bengal had a poor outing in the last match when their middle-order batting collapsed to concede three points to a lowly Madhya Pradesh. With four points from two matches, Bengal lie low on the fifth position in group B of the Elite league standings.
Meanwhile, the selectors drafted in Joyjit Basu in place of Tiwary, who has been picked in the India side for the first three ODIs in the five-match series against West Indies beginning in Cuttack on November 29.