Indian Premier League 2011 January 31, 2011

Ganguly could get IPL lifeline


Sourav Ganguly might find himself back on the field for the 2011 IPL after all, even though he failed to attract any bids from franchises during the auction on January 8 and 9. ESPNcricinfo has learnt that the BCCI has sent a letter to the franchises asking if they have any objections to teams signing Indian players who were unsold in the auction. The letter specifically mentions Ganguly as one of the players the franchises are interested in, along with Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh, who were the other two Indian players that weren't bought. IPL rules presently do not permit unsold players to be signed after the auction.

The Kochi franchise is reported to have shown interest in signing Ganguly, and had apparently contacted the BCCI, leading to the sending of the letter. However, Mehul Shah, one of the co-owners of the franchise, told ESPNcricinfo that was not the case and they had not asked the board for permission to sign Ganguly.

The franchises have until February 3 to respond to the letter, with the BCCI expected to decide on the matter during the IPL governing council meeting on February 4. "There are two conditions to the proposal," a franchise official said. Teams will have to pay the minimum base price set for the player in the auction and the cost of the player will come out of the team's salary cap.

Ganguly had raised eyebrows when he doubled his base price to $400,000 just before the auction, and officials from a number of franchises were sceptical that he would find any takers. At the time Ganguly expressed incredulity at finding no buyers. "I don't know what happened," he said. "It's up to the teams to decide on the players but I didn't expect to go unsold. It's hard to believe that I don't figure among the 100-odd cricketers."

Subsequently, Ganguly's original franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders, said that it would be open to having him on board in some capacity.

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on February 3, 2011, 10:48 GMT


  • P on February 3, 2011, 5:49 GMT

    Not saying who is a better batsman, Dravid or Ganguly. Compare the two's stats over the 3 IPLs- one scored 1031 runs at a strike rate of 111; the other scored 898 runs @ strike rate of 123. The second one is Dravid!!! Naturally, opener gets more balls to play and Ganguly has the better average, though the difference in the IPL08 and IPL09, was minimal. And still Dravid is generally considered to be unfit for the shorter versions... Am not even comparing either with Sachin.

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2011, 12:34 GMT

    Dada is great. He is shorter than Sachin while counts scored runs but this man who brought most spectacular victories for Team India and a tremendous come back for Team India while they faced match fixing saga in 2000. Dada will grace Team Kochi. Come on Dada come on... we are waiting for you!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    i lve dada................for last time i would love 2 see him on field

  • P on February 2, 2011, 3:09 GMT

    Even if injustice had been done to Ganguly, it would have been honorable to retire gracefully and not keep trying various ways to get back in for some more money. All I have to say to "Dada" is -Announce you are quitting playing competitive cricket in all forms, overcome your sense of loss, and be magnanimous by saying you would root for your homeland teams likeIndia, Bengal, East Zone and KKR. It is great when people want you; clamouring for attention is for non-achievers, not suited for a man of your reputation and achievement.

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    it would be awesome if chennai takes dada as they need an opener ,but idont know if that could happen

  • mohit on February 1, 2011, 21:26 GMT

    dada. ......... should play in ipl 4 from any franchise other than kolkata ............... if this happens ........ then shahrukh will know whats the cost of not taking dada in his squad because when ever that team plays against kolkata in kolkata the maximum crowd will be cheering the prince of kolkata sourav ganguly and i am sure if ganguly is picked up by any franchise he will be worth his cost .......... he is a faar better t20 player than what dravid is.......... dada if there in ipl4 will rock

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 16:43 GMT

    i think ganguly must be play IPL4,, its very bad new 4 all supporter......

  • Dummy4 on February 1, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Nothing wrong with him. he can bat well.. he was the man in test cricket who attacks the bowlers in 4th or 5th days innings. he is the most powerful SIX hitter. why people are not blaming sachin, dravid, ponting etc. comparitively Ganguly and Sachin are the best. So whats wrong with Ganguly???? Check the last seasons matches and find out how he punished the bowlers..

  • sunil on February 1, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    All the oldies r leading the IPL teams , warne , sachin , gilly , kumble , SO WHY R WE BIASED FOR GANGULY. he also has lots of cricket left in him & he is a geniun match winner

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