Ganguly threatens to quit Bengal team

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today threatened to stop playing for Bengal if some CAB members continue to create problems for his family members.

updated: July 13, 2008 07:54 IST
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New Delhi:

There have been murmurs for a while now of a falling out between Ganguly and his one-time mentor Jagmohan Dalmiya but now it's an open confrontation and one that might see the former Indian captain quitting Bengal to play for another state

Ganguly happily accepted the Castrol Best Asian Cricketer Award trophy on Thursday. The smiles though quickly gave way to an angry outburst when asked about his troubled relations with Dalmiya, and if there was any truth to the reports that the Prince of Kolkata might consider leaving Bengal for another state if Dalmiya is re-elected as the president of Cricket Association of Bengal.

"Some CAB members are creating problems for my family and if these continue I may consider stop playing for Bengal," Ganguly said at a press conference here.

An unusually aggressive Sourav, off the field at least, but when asked about his omission from the Champions trophy probables list, the former India captain was far more laid back.

He said, "I have been out of the ODI team for the last three months and by the looks of it will be out for the next three. Looking forward to the Tests in Sri Lanka, as far as ODIs are concerned I am not sure."

The disappointment is evident. The man with more than 11,000 ODI runs under his belt has clearly accepted the possibility of him never wearing a blue shirt again.

Hanging his boots though is something he is not contemplating - from any format of the game.

Ganguly said, "I am still enjoying playing the game, I have been performing well over the past couple of years. I will continue to play cricket as long as I am enjoying the game."

All speculation about Ganguly announcing his ODI retirement came to an end but his emotional outburst, when asked about his future with Bengal cricket, clearly indicates that there is no end in sight to the standoff between him and the Dalmiya faction of the CAB.