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June 16, 2005 13:22 IST

Sourav Ganguly may not find it easy returning to the national team following his six-match ban with BCCI President Ranbir Singh Mahendra admitting that the form of the Indian captain is a matter of concern and the "selection committee is definitely going to look into it."

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Asked if he thinks it is time to end Ganguly's reign as the Indian captain, Mahendra told Karan Thapar on BBC World's Hardtalk India programme that it was a matter which would be decided by the selection committee.

"Well, the replacement of Sourav Ganguly is to be considered by the selection committee, but definitely as far as the performance... I tend to agree over the point that he has to improve... in the sense that he has to score."

Mahendra said in the programme, to be telecast on Friday, that when Ganguly was told about this, he said he will try to improve, the BBC said in a promotional statement in New Delhi on Thursday.

The BCCI chief said it is a matter which he had brought up before the national selection committee.

"I talked to them, not once (but) on a couple of occasions. I talked to them that those who are performing, those who are coming with performance, don't overlook them, and see that the team plays as a team."

Mahendra said he had discussed about the national team's recent form with the new coach Greg Chappell.

"Specifically, we have made it very clear that the composition of the team is such that we can win the World Cup, but as far as we are concerned, we have failed to understand (why) after going to finals, they are not doing well.

"Greg Chappell also understands this, and he has also said that he will be able to do it."

On whether the Board needs a CEO, he said it may happen by the end of 2005.

"Even my predecessor (Jagmohan Dalmiya) also agreed with me on this point, and we are seriously thinking to go for that. The matter will be discussed in the general body."

Mahendra said he is confident that the organisation will approve his plans to move BCCI's head office to Delhi.

"The Bombay office is very old. Right from the inception of the BCCI, the Board office is there in Bombay. But definitely we are thinking and I am of this view that the Bombay office should be shifted to Delhi, being the capital of the country."

Asked why the Board, with a huge annual income, does not publish its accounts, Mahendra said: "This is a point that has also been raised by many others. We are seriously thinking about it also."

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