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Ganguly banking on Umar Gul

With speedster Shoaib Akhtar's chances of playing in the Indian Premier League looking dim, Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly is banking on another Pakistani pacer, Umar Gul, to deliver the goods in the tournament beginning on April 18.

"Umar Gul is in our team. He will serve us well," Ganguly told newspersons here when asked about the Rawalpindi Express' absence from his side.

Shoaib is fighting a five-year ban slapped on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board and the IPL authorities made it clear that the speedster would not be allowed to play unless he gets the ban lifted.

Meanwhile, Ganguly, who shone with the bat in the third and final Test against South Africa, said he would have no problem adjusting to the Twenty20 format of the IPL. "I'll get to the Twenty20 mode once I practice for a couple of days," he said, soon after landing at the NSC Bose International Airport.

Ganguly also did not foresee any difficulty in captaining a mixed team comprising stars from various countries in the IPL. "Look, it's after all the same game of cricket. Here also one plays with the bat and the ball," he said.

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