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Sourav Ganguly bats for International cricket�s return to Keenan Stadium


Jamshedpur, Dec. 22: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said that International cricket should return to Keenan Stadium and the ground which is one of the best in the East should be renovated. Talking to the media persons at a jewellery shop in Bistupur, president of Cricket Association of Bengal(CAB), said, �You don�t get priced stadiums like Keenan easily which has hosted ten international one-day matches and players from around the world have enjoyed playing here�.

Tata Steel�s Keenan Stadium last hosted the international cricket match between India-England in the year 2006 and since then the ground has been only limited to Ranji trophy and other domestic matches.

�I played 3 one day international matches at the Keenan stadium and enjoyed every bit of it and still remember the century I scored as captain against South Africa and won the only match at the stadium for India, said Ganguly, adding, �JSCA International Cricket Stadium in Ranchi is of world class standard but Keenan has its own reputation and soon it must be renovated�.

Built in 1939, Keenan stadium is named after John Lawrence Keenan, a former general manager at Tata Steel, has hosted 10 international matches, first being the India-West Indies on December 7, 1983 and last being India-England on April 12, 2006. Answering a query, one of the most successful India captain said, Eastern part of the country has produced big cricketers including MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha and Varun Aaron who are part of the national side and with improving infrastructure more cricketers from the East will make a mark at the top level.

Talking about Yuvraj Singh, Ganguly said, flamboyant left hander will prove his return to the side and will shine again.

When asked who will be the captain for 2019 World Cup, Ganguly said, it�s too early to comment but Virat Kohli is a good player and MS Dhoni has set big standards and it will take some catching to come closer to the India ODI captain.

�Highly exciting India-Pakistan cricket matches should resume as fans from both the countries wait for the contest and have not witnessed a bilateral series since 2012�, said Ganguly.

Responding to a query, former India opener said, Ravi Shastri is good coach for all formats and should continue his role. �Virender Sehwag is a big player and the way he was given a farewell by the BCCI would not make him a less classy player�, Ganguly signed off.

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