England have a chance of winning World Cup: Ganguly
by Cricket Archive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 23rd January 2007
Sourav Ganguly says England are one of the five teams, including India,
who have a chance of winning the World Cup in March-April.
Ganguly, who led India to the 2003 World Cup final, said England could
go all the way provided "they get their heads right and find a format
to play the game".
"I think there is enough talent in this team to do well in one-day
cricket," the 34-year-old former Indian captain said.
However, he felt the absence of players like Marcus Trescothick and
Usman Afzaal, not even named in England's provisional World Cup squad
of 30, was hurting the side.
"I played with Usman at Northampton last year and he looks a very
talented player. I'm sure if he gets an opportunity for England he will
do well for the country," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport today.
"I feel he's got a lot of ability. He can hit the ball, he's a clean
striker and can be a strength to English cricket."
Afzaal, 29, played in three Tests in the Ashes series of 2001 but has
not featured in a one-day international. He hit 319 runs at an average
of 63.8 in the Pro40 League in 2006.
But even without him and Trescothick, Ganguly says England fans should
have reason to cheer.
"Kevin Pietersen is obviously a talented player, so is Ian Bell, and of
course Andrew Flintoff. It all depends how England play. It's very
difficult to predict how teams will play in World Cups but they have a
good side," Ganguly said adding Australia, South Africa, India and
Pakistan were the other teams capable of winning the tournament.