BCCI wakes up 3 years late!

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Calcutta: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has woken up three years late that former India captain Sourav Ganguly was still playing domestic cricket, a fact which led to his exit from the Board's technical committee.

Anil Kumble was appointed the chairman of the committee, at annual general meeting of the BCCI, in Mumbai, on Thursday. The convention is that only a former cricketer features in the technical committee and everybody had conveniently forgotten about it.

Sourav, who retired from International cricket in 2008, not only plays in the IPL but also represents Bengal in first-class cricket. His last four-day game for the state was against Baroda, in December, 2011. He also played in the national one-day meet, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, his last match being against Mumbai, in March, earlier this year.

When Sourav came on board in 2009-10, on invitation from the then Board president Shashank Manohar, he served under the chairmanship of Sunil Gavaskar. It was only last year that he was appointed as the head of the committee.

"There's nothing sinister about Sourav's removal… It's just that a kind of wrong has been corrected. That's why a Rahul Dravid, who is still playing domestic cricket (the IPL), is not on the committee, otherwise he would surely have been there," a senior Board official told The Telegraph, on Friday.

Former India wicket-keeper Deep Dasgupta has taken Sourav's place in the committee. Former pacer Debashish Mohanty, who played 2 Tests for India, has made the committee by virtue of the Test cricketers' quota.

Meanwhile, Sourav, while speaking to a television channel, backed the newly-appointed selection committee, saying the Sandip Patel-led panel is "definitely better" than the one that was headed by Krishnamachari Srikkanth.