It might not be the end of the line for former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly in the IPL after all. Nearly a fortnight after he came away from the IPL player auction without any takers, Team Kochi has changed its stance and has expressed interest in signing up the Kolkata Knightriders discard.
Team Kochi which will be making its IPL debut the upcoing season, didn't show much verve for team composition and failed to net a single capped Indian batsman other than VVS Laxman. So it's hoping that Ganguly will bolster up their side. However, the IPL governing council has made it clear that Ganguly can only join the ranks of Kochi if the other nine franchises raise no objection.
The BCCI, said. "If the franchises have no objection, why should we stand in any player's way to play in the IPL? However, there is no question of bending the rule or making an exception," said a Governing Council member.
IPL rules indicate that capped players put up for auction, can only be bought through an open bidding process. Ganguly, along with Punjab pacer VRV Singh and Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer, were the only three Indian players to stay unsold at the end of the two-day auction.
If the Kochi deal works out, Sourav will join forces with his old KKR mates Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah and one-time Sri Lankan opponents of Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan.