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We will miss Yuvraj : Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is busy preparing the Pune Warriors team he will be leading in the coming Indian Premier League.
Ganguly, who plays in the Emirates Airline Twenty20 tournament today, will be a key man for Pune in the absence of star player Yuvraj Singh, who is suffering from cancer.

“We have got a few good players but we will miss Yuvraj Singh,” the former India skipper said.

“His chemotherapy getting over is good news. Cricket can always wait but personally it is good news that he is getting well.”

Ganguly enjoys playing Twenty20 cricket and believes it has extended the careers of many former internationals.

“Rahul [Dravid] is captain of Rajasthan Royals and I am the captain of Pune Warriors, so we are actively involved in the game and we have to keep slogging,” he said.

“It is different for different people. Those who play international cricket use this event as a preparation.

“I did play a lot of domestic cricket this year and have been actively involved in getting the Pune Warriors team together.”

Ganguly also enjoys playing for the MCC side he will represent in the tournament at The Sevens Stadium today.
“I have been playing for the MCC for some time now, even when I was captain of India. It has become a regular affair for me,” he said.

“The first time I turned out for them was in 1998 for the MCC versus Rest of the World Princess Diana memorial game.

“That was at Lord’s. The subsequent years they organised a tsunami game at Lord’s, in which I participated again, then I had another game against Pakistan.

“I enjoy playing for them because I have known [MCC manager and coach] John Stephenson for some time and it is good to have a better squad this year with the likes of Dravid and Shaun Tait coming in and Mark Ramprakash, who has been a big name for England.

“So it is good fun. I would have rather liked it in the cold English grounds but Dubai is a good place.”

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