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Ganguly to join MCC World Cricket committee

Sourav Ganguly will join the WCC
Sourav Ganguly will join the WCC

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly will join MCC's World Cricket committee from 1 October this year.

Ganguly, who played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs for his country in a stellar career, will join the think-tank for its winter 2013/14 meeting. The dates and location for the winter meeting are yet to be confirmed.

A punchy batsman and wily medium pace bowler, Ganguly was a key part of an India batting line-up also featuring Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid in an international career spanning longer than 13 years.

He famously made a century on his Test debut at Lord's in 1996, and went on to compile 7,212 runs at an average of 42.17, reaching three figures on 15 more occasions.

In the 50-over game Ganguly remains widely regarded as one of the finest batsmen of his generation, and of all time.

He stands fifth on the all-time leading run-scorers list in the ODI format with 11,363 runs at an impressive average of 41.02 and formed one of the most imposing opening partnerships the game has seen with Tendulkar.

It is a captain however that he is most revered, for the way in which he successfully imparted his fiercly competitive spirit on an Indian team which had been underachieving for many years prior to his appointment in 2000.

In a four-year stint as skipper, Ganguly lifted India from eighth in the ICC Test Rankings to second, which included a 2-1 victory over the then-undisputed kings of world cricket Australia in 2001 - a series which is regarded by many as the greatest ever played.

Other highlights include reaching the 2003 ICC World Cup Final and victory in the 2002 NatWest Series final at Lord's, where Ganguly famously celebrated on the Lord's Balcony by removing his shirt and waving it over his head.

MCC’s World Cricket committee is an independent body comprised of current and former international cricketers and umpires from across the globe.

Meeting twice yearly to discuss the prevalent issues in the game, it acts as a complementary body to ICC and its constituent nations. Mike Brearley is the current Chairman of the committee.

The next meeting of the committee takes place between Monday 14 July and Wednesday 16 July.

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