Kolkata Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Co will find it difficult to alt39 beat England in Englandalt39. India will embark on a two and half month tour of England starting from J
uly where they will play four Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 International apart from a number of matches against the county sides.
" India will win the series in the West Indies but it will be tough to beat England in England as they have enjoyed a lot of success at home in the recent past," the former India captain said at promotional event here on Thursday.
One of the main reason for his apprehension is that there isnalt39t much gap between the West Indies and England tours. " It will be challenging to keep themeselves fit and fresh for the England series right after the tour to the West Indies," was his forthright assessment.
Asked about Team Indiaalt39s new coach Duncan Fletcher, Ganguly said the Zimbabwean would find himself a perfect atmosphere to start his stint with.
" Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a great team. I am sure Duncan Fletcher will reap the benefits of joining the side who have been so successful and have quality players. Duncan will get a lot of confidence from it." On the raging country vs club debate, Ganguly said, " Country comes first but at the same time you need to draw a fine balance. Italt39s for the Board maintain a balance between international assignments and IPL. Donalt39t forget IPL is a product of BCCI. About the debate that the injury management of the players have left a lot to be desired, he said that the IPL needs big names like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Warne.
" IPL would not be so successful without the likes of Tendulkars, Shane Warnes among others. Italt39s very difficult to balance as the players are humans after all. So at some stage they need rest. But at the same time IPL is so big. Italt39s very difficult to balance as BCCI wants all its players to take part in IPL." About Ranatungaalt39s comments that IPL is creating a " monster", he said, " I know he is harping this for a long time. But I donalt39t think IPL is a monster." The Prince of Calcutta cited examples of Manoj Tiwary and Venugopal Rao who have been able to resurrect their fledgling careers courtesy IPL. " Donalt39t forget that it has made life for a lot of players.
Only 14 players can represent the country, what happens to the fringe players who have done well in the domestic circuit? IPL has provided a platform to all of them. And more importantly, IPL has made them financially secured."