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Mongia to return to Leicestershire

December 01, 2005 21:51 IST

In a bid to snatch a place in India's World Cup squad, Punjab batsman Dinesh Mongia has decided to continue with English county Leicestershire next season.

"I was a part of India's World Cup squad when we reached the final in 2003 and hope to be involved again next time. Achieving consistency is undoubtedly my number one objective next summer, particularly in the Championship," Mongia said.

Leicestershire chairman Neil Davidson said: "There is no doubt that he is a very talented cricketer with considerable international experience. And he has made it very clear to us that he wants to make more of an impact next season."

The 28-year-old averaged just over 40 in 2005, accumulating 684 first-class runs, but played a key role in the one-day side.

He enjoyed some fine form in August, hitting 164 in the Championship match against Durham and a match-winning innings of 92 in a Totesport League triumph over Sussex.

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