Former India [ Images ] captain Sourav Ganguly [ Images ] will come out of first-class retirement all over again as he is likely to play for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Tamil Nadu in Chennai from December 1.
Ganguly's last first-class match was against Delhi [ Images ] last season when he scored 152 to save Bengal, who were in the relegation zone. The main reason for his participation is obviously keeping himself fit with IPL in mind.
Bengal are currently placed fifth in Group A while Tamil Nadu are second in the group.
With several players falling sick due either dengue or viral fever, the CAB couldn't take any risk. So they sent Ganguly to Chennai on an SOS basis.
"Sourav will be travelling to Chennai on Tuesday and is expected to practice with the team," CAB joint secretary Sujan Mukherjee informed.
Along with Sourav, Bengal U-22 wicketkeeper Gitimoy Basu will also play make his first-class debut. First-choice keeper Wriddhiman Saha is on national duty while his understudy Shreevats Goswami is down with viral fever.