Chances are that Kolkata Knightriders discard Sourav Ganguly might get an Indian Premier League (IPL) lifeline after being passed up by all ten of the League' franchises during the player auction earlier this month.
Sources claim that the BCCI has sent a letter to all the franchises asking them if they have any objections to players who went unsold in the auction from being signed up now. The letter specifically mentioned Ganguly, Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh. IPL rules presently do not permit unsold players to be signed after the auction.
Teams have upto Feb 3 to respond to the letter, with the BCCI expected to decide on the issue during the IPL governing council meeting on Feb 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.
Earlier, Team Kochi rubbished rumours that they had approached Ganguly to sign him up. Media reports had surfaced that such a deal was in the offing, but both Mehual Shah, the co-owner of Team Kochi, and later Ganguly himself, denied it.
Ganguly caused a lot of jaws to drop when he doubled his base price to $400,000 shortly before the auction, the highest bracket for any player. Sceptics were subsequently proved right and Ganguly got no takers in the auction.