Boys determined to win Asia Cup: Ganguly

Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly today said his team was all keyed up to return triumphant after playing in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:07 IST
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Determined to replicate the country's recent successes in the coming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, Indian cricket skipper Sourav Ganguly today said his team was all keyed up to return triumphant from the island nation. "The Asia Cup has eluded us for the last two years. My boys are all keyed up. We would like to win it this time," Ganguly told newspersons as he prepared to leave for Chennai enroute Sri Lanka. Ganguly, who had a practice session at the Eden Gardens during the day, said that the tips from legendary opening batsman Geoff Boycott had greatly benefitted the team at the conditioning camp in Chennai earlier this month. "I have always enjoyed a good chemistry with him. At Chennai, he gave lot of tips not only to me, but individually to all the batsmen. The valuable advice form someone as experienced as him will greatly benefit the boys," he said. On the goals set by the Indians for the coming season, Ganguly said the team should set bigger targets and endeavour to achieve them. "We should not rest on past laurels. We must plan up well, set bigger targets and try to achieve them," he said. Ganguly rubbished claims of his critics about his lacklustre performance, saying "One only has to look at the scoreboard to see how may runs I've scored. But yes, I need to improve." Asked whether he was in favour of a two-tier system in one-day International in the context of the inclusion of minnows like United Arab Emirates and Hong Kong in the Asia Cup beginning from July 16, Ganguly said: "As a captain, I do feel that way. But I'll not propose anything. It is a matter for the ICC. And the ICC will have the final say on this." Ganguly refused to comment on the delay in implementing the graded payment system for the cricketers. "I have no idea when things will finally work out," he added. (PTI)