Kolkata, Jan 13: Former Team India captain Sourav Ganguly, who found no takers at the recent IPL IV auction, was a victim of "dirty politics", a West Bengal minister today said.
"Dirty politics played was by the private players during the two-day IPL player auction in Bangalore recently," Urban Development Minister Asok Bhattacharya alleged.
The minister expressed that it was extremely unjust the way Ganguly had been treated and that he was on the wrong end of a conspiracy ion seeing his IPL run cut short.
"It' s most unfair for a player of Sourav's stature. Throughout his career he had been a victim of conspiracy, otherwise he could have turned up for another couple of years for the country," the minister said.
"Has "dada", my most favourite cricketer, not been the most successful Indian cricket captain till date?" the minister, who enjoys personal rapport with the former Kolkata Knight Riders icon, asked.
Ganguly, who captained KKR in the inaugural and 2009season, was completely ignored in two rounds of players' auction for the fourth edition starting April 8.
KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan yesterday said leaving out Ganguly from the team was a decision taken by the"cricketing brains" of the franchise and not by him.