India news October 28, 2012

Ganguly opts out of IPL 2013

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sourav Ganguly will not be available as a player for the Pune Warriors franchise during next year's IPL, a decision which was agreed upon mutually between Ganguly and the franchise. Ganguly, who was the captain of Pune Warriors last season, spoke to Subroto Roy, the owner of the Pune franchise, on Saturday night in this regard ahead of the October 31 deadline for the submission of the list of players for the next IPL. The decision marks an end to Ganguly's competitive cricket career which spanned 22 years starting from his first-class debut in 1989-90.

Ganguly also opted out of the Bengal Ranji Trophy squad for the upcoming season. Despite retiring from international cricket in 2008, Ganguly, 40, had continued to play the Ranji Trophy, captaining Bengal in most of their first-class matches last season. In Ganguly's absence, Manoj Tiwary has been named Bengal captain for the 2012-13 season.

One of the Bengal board's joint secretaries, though, said that Ganguly could return later in the season. "He would not play the first two matches, but depending on our team's position we may get his services later on," Sujan Mukherjee said. "It's a youthful side but we have players with international experience, looking forward to a positive season."

Ganguly had a difficult time last IPL season as the Pune team finished bottom of the table with just four wins in 16 matches. His personal form was similarly poor, as he managed only 268 runs in 15 innings at less than a run-a-ball and also looked slow in the field. Roy, the Pune team owner, had said during the IPL that Ganguly would not play next season, and be a team mentor instead, but no decision was taken then.

Bengal squad: Manoj Tiwary (capt), Parthasarathi Bhattacharjee, Rohan Banerjee, Jayojit Basu, Writam Porel, Anustup Majumdar, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Iresh Saxena, Ashok Dinda, Sourav Sarkar, Arnab Nandy, Veer Pratap Singh, Subhomoy Das and Aritra Chatterjee

This story was updated on 05:00 GMT, October 29

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Biju on October 30, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Brought attitude to team , got out due to attitude... Lets hope there is no more comeback... Better late than never...

  • kp on October 30, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    Dada should help Associate countries and may be could coach them and bring his champion spirit in up coming teams. Truely a legend none can replace..

  • Sandy on October 30, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    @ Ayush Chauhan: Revived dravid? Dravid was dropped in 1997, and went back to domestic ODI competetions and then came back and top scored in the 1999 WC. And Ganguly FYI was captain in 2000. Dravid was well established then. In fact , to save his spot when he was non-performing in 2002-2003, he made Dravid as WK against his wishes, so that he could play and continue his single digit run. Proof? Checkout: gangulys scores during NZ tour 2002-03. ANd then his scores in the WC 2003. Made 3 big scores. Opponets: kenya(twice) and Nanimbia. A classic flat pitch champion!! ANd also, selectors selected Zaheer, bhajji and Yuvraj. Not ganguly! Ganguly had to back them because they were matchwinners, and also there were no fall back options. . And why are you conveniently forgetting his handling of kumble, karthik, chopra etc? Didnt he push Yuvi to open and expose him to the new ball in pak 2004, despite CHopra doing well in Oz? A self serving cricketer to the core!

  • Ayush on October 30, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    @ sandy_bangalore You are probably the fan who backs result, if you didn't, you would remember how Saurav ruffled Steve Waugh, how he single handedly revived Rahul's career as an ODI player, as someone who gave India Harbhajan, Yuvraj and Zaheer. Ganguly took the reigns when Indian cricket was in shambles..from there to the World Cup last year, its been a journey. But you would'nt know that cause you look at results.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Today is a block day for Dada Fans He is best Captain in India and nobody can beat him

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    A very good news for Pune Team.

  • Anver on October 30, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    A late decision but a right decision !!!!!!

  • Sandy on October 30, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Overrated as player, overrated as captain! Had the great fortune of captaining Tendulkar and Kumble when they were at their peaks, and then took all credit. Had he captained in 2011, the 8-0 would have stayed 8-0!

  • Masood on October 30, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Good decision at least one of you let down, now waiting for Sachin and Rahul to announce the same news as early as possible as no IPL Franchise is looking to adopt you atleast as a 12th man.

  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    High time he retired from all form and do commentary. Seems to have adapted quite well too.

  • No featured comments at the moment.