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Team looking for a full-time 'keeper: Sourav
May 29, 2003 20:30 IST
India skipper Sourav Ganguly says the team management and selectors are looking for a full-time wicketkeeper to take the pressure off Rahul Dravid, but the replacement must prove his potential and match the vice-captain's performance behind the stumps.
"Dravid was always a part-time option... selectors are giving opportunity to others, but the wicketkeeper must stand up and perform as Dravid has done," Ganguly told newspersons in Kolkata on Thursday.
He said the selectors are trying to find a suitable replacement for Dravid, but "there is no hurry" as the next season begins only in October.
Talking about talented teenage keeper Parthiv Patel, the skipper said, "The selectors have given him a chance to prove his worth in the coming England tour by India 'A'. But, Patel has to prove his batting potential to earn a place in the senior national side," he said.
Patel has been included in the 16-member India 'A' team for the England tour, beginning June 22.
Asked to comment on veteran speedstar Javagal Srinath's retirement plans, Ganguly said he is yet to get an official intimation from the Karnataka speedster.
"It will not be fair for me to make any remark without knowing the exact position, but as a fellow cricketer who played along with me for 7-8 years, I can say that he still has a lot of cricket left in him," he said.