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Ganguly opts out of IPL 2013

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October 28, 2012

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Sourav Ganguly speaks during the cricket clinic, Hong Kong, June 29, 2011
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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

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Posted by timtom 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...

Posted by jaison_cricfan 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..

Posted by sandy_bangalore 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!

Posted by Ayush_Chauhan 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

A very good news for Pune Team.

Posted by anver777 on (October 30, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

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

Posted by sandy_bangalore 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!

Posted by masoodali150 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.

Posted by   on (October 30, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

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

Posted by naveennap on (October 29, 2012, 17:26 GMT)


Posted by rhythmactor on (October 29, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

I do not know why Ganguly's absence will benefit a youngster. His place will be taken by Yuvraj. I think Indian cricket is in a sorry state also because of the poor standard of fans who are yet to grow up. As far as the rest of the Dada hater's are concerned, specially the ones who question his fielding, they should understand that cricket is won by scoring runs and taking wickets. If taking spectacular catches was the priority then SA and NZ would have won most of the word cups. Look where has the focus to build an athletic team taken us. Not a single fit bowler and batsmen who cannot stay on crease for long enough to save their lives.Too jumpy guess.

Posted by cimrsimg on (October 29, 2012, 16:20 GMT)

Was hoping to see Dada for one last time. Will miss you dada. Whatever people say, you are a legend. The one who brought attitude in team.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Well, he is doing the right thing. He didn't score many runs last season, and even when he dd, his SR was too slow. A good time to retire from all cricket, i think Sachin will be well advised to do the same

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 15:26 GMT)

for all the people who coment about DADA.. ia tell you one thing "If you love cricket,you will be a sachin fan, but when you understand cricket you will surely be sourav fan"... by this i find that you dont understand cricket...

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

thank god...finally gone...

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

End Of The Great Player & The Great Captain

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 14:41 GMT)

DADA is DADA bengal tiger we should thank him for showing agression and guts to be winner before no indian team capt could do that.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (October 29, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

Very happy news. Now one youngster will get a chance in place of old man.

Posted by sam_m on (October 29, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

Let the man retire in peace.

Why does this always turn into an india vs australia debate? Most of you will never play for your country let alone captain it.

Posted by abhi2541 on (October 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

For those who not appreciate ppl who have represented their country fr 20 yrs , must look upon their own lives &how successful they have been . hopeless crowd !

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (October 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Finally Ganguly is gone, good.

Posted by Dr.wolfenstein on (October 29, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

There won't be any fan base to PWI, If there is no Sourav. NO SOURAV=NO PWI. Simple as that!!!!

Posted by Dr.wolfenstein on (October 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Guys...A player capable of hitting fastest 5000, 6000, 7000,8000,9000 in international cricket is definitely legendary. REMEMBER, HIGHEST NUMBER OF SIXERS BY AN INDIAN IS STILL UNDER SOURAV'S BELT. Sourav is a class act. No question on that

Posted by phunny_game on (October 29, 2012, 12:01 GMT)

A great player... But a good time to hang his boots. he couldn't perform last season and if this season he would have failed then he might have lost all the respect he has earned... We love you dada!!!!!!

Posted by mithilesh23 on (October 29, 2012, 11:39 GMT)

thank god.............finally................................

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

This is for Stephen_smith and peter_jones2012

Did u forget the way our team makes your team struggle in indian pitches...? U guyz can be lions in ur den only... In india ur players crumble to our bowling attack.. and as fas as Ganguly is concerned.. He is the best captain ever.. one of the most experienced and most successful captains of the world.

Posted by mithilesh23 on (October 29, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Thank God...............finally some good news I can support PUNE WARRIORS

Posted by Vivek.Bhandari on (October 29, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

It seems Ganguly is Tendulkar's future. He will, too, after retirement (if ever) keep himself fit for IPL/CL by playing the Ranji and other club matches.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

at last. in ipl 2012 gangoli was a total disaster only if the delhi match is left out.

Posted by VJGS on (October 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

@Steven_Smith Do you remember the only team that challenged Australia during their era of dominance? Who captained and groomed that team? India had always been poor when on foreign conditions but Ganguly really changed that image a lot. Under his regime, India were converted from a timid, shy opposition to a brave and daring one. He may not be a good T20 player, but he is by no measure an overrated player. He was India's most successful captain and a great opener and a good bowler/fielder. He deserves every bit of credit he gets because he changed the Indian Team's image almost single-handedly. Who do you think groomed one of the most feared, and probably overrated, openers - Sehwag? and who groomed WC2011's player of the tournament - Yuvraj Singh?

Posted by Bruisers on (October 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

A good news. Now that Ganguly is gone, talented players in PWI like Manish Pandey, Anustup Majumdar and Harshad Khadiwale will get more opportunities.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 9:46 GMT)

Ganguly Opts Out: ITS A FUNNY STATEMENT. during last IPL, Pune Warriors owners made a statement that "THIS IS GANGULY's LAST IPL SEASON & FROM THE NEXT YEAR WE MIGHT BE HAVING GANGULY AS A MENTOR or COACH". The truth is that HE IS KICKED OUT from the Pune Warriors squad. A Player can opt out only if he has the option of playing but GANGULY has no option. In the last IPL, he was a big disaster as a batsman and as a fielder. while batting, he never took quick singles, converted twos into singles and always focussed on scoring runs for himself wasting balls thereby resulting in his low strike rate and low scores for PW. While fielding, he converted non existing singles into ones & ones into twos for the opposition batsmen.

Posted by Tama_Pokai66 on (October 29, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

Good player for India but would have struggled to find a place, even for a club side in Oz. Put a good bowler and a decent pitch against the Indains and watch them crumble.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

Someone please stop Sachin..... He is making joke of himself.....

Posted by Stephen_Smith on (October 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Who cares mate. He is just another Indian who only had the talent to play on concrete pitches back in his country. Not good enough for the short or rising delivery and like most Indian players. Ordinary and overrated. India hasn't even won a single series in Australia and they have been playing Cricket for over 80 years now. lol.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Without Dada No One will watch Pune Warriors's match expect 5000 supporters from Pune.... No Dada... No Glammour No Dada... No IPL.... Best Captain Ever....!!!

Posted by joseyesu on (October 29, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

Good for the IPL teams and Ranji teams...:)

Posted by CricketMaan on (October 29, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

Guess, he will turn out as mentor/coach for Sun Chargers in IPL 6

Posted by vatsap on (October 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Really sad day. First he retired 2 years early, else dada could have played in England and Australia last year. Thought we could see him for another 2-3 years in IPL atleast.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Dada will make a grand come back in 2014. He will be Pune Warriors opener, captain, opening bowler and their best fielder. BEWARE IPL TEAMS.

Posted by bharatputra83 on (October 29, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

Will miss you Dada. Glad I had the honour of seeing you in person last IPL.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Dada has had an illustrious international career and I am sure, rightfully all Indians including himself and fans around the world are enormously proud of that.

But I must say he made a joke of himself by playing the last season of IPL. Clearly he was not up to the standard. I am not too sure what kept him going all this while. After all it is a good decision even though he is late in making it.

All the best in your future endeavors!

Posted by raj_24 on (October 29, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

Hope was that he will play the Ranji so that indian viewers will be spared his utterly boring commentary. But now his torture in the form of his comments will have to be beared by all. He keeps on repeating one particular point (he picks up that early)again and again throughout the day play

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Good news for Pune really ! Dada looks more cool as a commentator and Cricket Expert on different news channels :) ! Hope, he continuous to do so.

Posted by HyderabadiFlick on (October 29, 2012, 7:15 GMT)

One more negative step in Indian cricket and this time by someone who speaks a lot on ESPN-STAR about grooming a budding cricketer. Already he is shown the door by KKR and PWI in 2009 and 2011 respectively.Now, may be he has a plan to sneak into SUN Hyderabad team and get them to bottom of the table.If he plays an innings of 50 or more in an IPL match he scores at S/R 100 and denies chances to talented players down the order and screws his team big time.The great Raj Singh Dungarpur used to say Ganguly is the worst Indian fielder.In any walk of life one has to consider a parameter the adding value to a cause and with Ganguly forget adding value in turn he is letting everyone down:fans, his team mates,country & himself without his knowledge.He doesn't have to play Ranji matches late in season and screw his team.He is better playing his role as a TV expert.The more his wants to deny a youngster he is denied more fans. He is not good enough to be coach of a team either, one feels.-JaiHind

Posted by AbhiPahil on (October 29, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

Finally some sense prevailed ;)

Posted by ArvindReddy on (October 29, 2012, 6:36 GMT)

Dont talk any thing against Ganguly... Comparing with d many, he is the best. If ganguly is bad n selfish, then wt about Sachin. Please stop talking about players and do your personal life things. Everybody will talk but they dont know ABC of cricket...

Posted by Edassery on (October 29, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

I hope even Rahul Dravid won't play IPL 6. Looking at Sachin Tendulkar's form, it's time he retired from all formats as well. Oh well, you never know. Home tigers will roar despite CLT20 debacle.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 29, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

@Hussnain Chaudhary: Keep dreaming, he won't play, even if he does play he won't be able to slap his critics as u have mentioned!!

Posted by vish57 on (October 29, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

He is turning out to be a good commentator;let us enjoy his words instead of play

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 6:09 GMT)

Finally.....Lets see how he performs as a coach/mentor.

Posted by nkoch on (October 29, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

thank you dada. Now Pune Warriors will win.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

His shelf life ended a long time ago. It's his ego that made him carry on this long.

Posted by   on (October 29, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

it was wise of Ganguli to walk out from bengal ranji team. He should also stop talking too much and be vmodest to be respected.he should not be afraid of SRK but should be afraid of Yuvraj singh and beg him to include him in Pune team but best will be not to play in IPL at all

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 29, 2012, 1:24 GMT)

@Meety: Yes, that's the problem in Indian cricket. Test cricket is NOT loved any more in India. The BCCI only schedules tests because it's a FULL ICC member and FULL ICC member countries HAVE to play test cricket to remain as FULL members. Sorry about my spin with words but that's the sad reality of Indian test cricket. While I don't care much for test cricket in general, it still hurts me to see India lose badly in away test matches. The IPL, while a wonderful tournament shouldn't be a yardstick for players to stay fit. I can understand a retired player like Dada feel that way. But even some of the current crop of Indian players feel that way. While T20 cricket according to me is the BEST format of cricket, it's also by no means a format that would test a player's physical fitness. So yes, it's a delusional way of thinking about one's fitness levels.

Posted by Meety on (October 28, 2012, 23:57 GMT)

Whilst I applaud Ganguly for having stayed on & played FC cricket as it should of been good for developing players, I have to say the following quote from the article leaves you in no doubt about the state of Indian cricket "Ganguly has played domestic cricket in recent years with the aim of staying fit for the IPL" This is terrible. Players playing in the top level of domestic cricket in India - to stay fir for the IPL! No wonder India have tanked in Tests recently!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Dadagiri never ends... Hope he will play IPL & Ranji Trophy this year & will slap all of his critics once again.....!!!

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

its not that daada doesnt want to play ipl reason is pune doesnt need dada...they have officialy stated last yr tht that would b the final yr for dada

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (October 28, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

I hope he has no plans for returning. He has completely lost his touch and at 40 years of age, he can't get any better. They would rather give his spot in the team to a hungrier youngster.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 28, 2012, 18:23 GMT)

@Debopom Biswes yes we have had many slaps :)

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

still hoping for another miracle against all the odds :D

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

ganguly already had quit ipl as it was told by sources on sunday........ i reckonn he ll be busy in commentary in ind eng series?

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 14:56 GMT)

Dadagiri never ends... Hope he will play IPL & Ranji Trophy this year & will slap all of his critics once again.....!!!

Posted by   on (October 28, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

PLease4 leave Pune dada.... don't make them last again in 2013

Posted by Narbavi on (October 28, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

Wise decision!! Hope the guy stays out of ipl too, he has already been criticized heavily for his woeful performances last season!!

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