Talk about a carrying a torch for your idol. Members of Sourav Ganguly's Facebook fan club and a newly formed social-networking related movement, are planning to hold a protest march and a candle-light vigil against the "unfair" treatment dished out to former Kolkata Knightriders' captain Sourav Ganguly in last weekend's IP player auctions.
There were no bidders for Ganguly at the auction, thus effectively keeping him out of the fourth edition of the India Premier League (IPL). But now, he is getting support from fans who have formed a 'No Dada No KKR' community on Facebook.
The members of the community, possessing around 2200 members, have planned the march from Victoria Memorial to Eden Gardens on Sunday evening, Jan 16.
"Ganguly is the most successful captain in the history of Indian cricket. We are appalled at the puerile and myopic attitude of the team management of KKR and hence we are organising this peaceful march to show solidarity with the Prince of Calcutta," a member of the community said. "We want to drive the message to KKR management that Kolkata Knight Riders is now dead to the cricket fans of the city," he said adding that it would be a silent march with no sloganeering.
Members of Orkut community 'No Ganguly... No Eden' having 500-plus members will also support the protest, the fan added.
Meanwhile, Kolkata Knightriders owner Shah Rukh Khan has been at the receiving end of a backlash in Kolkata as protestors chanted slogans against him and burnt posters and effigies of him over the last week. SRK for his part, maintains that Ganguly's ouster is out of his hands as the decision not to bid from him came from the "cricketing brains" in the franchise and not from him. He says he will try to convince Ganguly to assume a behind-the-scenes role in the team.