Mumbai, Feb 4: The drama in the Sourav Ganguly - Team Kochi tale is in for another twist as three franchises - Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians and the Rajasthan Royals - have objected to Team Kochi's request to sign up the southpaw, who went unsold at the players' auction last month.
Following the player auction, Team Kochi sought the BCCI's permission to buy Ganguly at his base price of $400,000. The BCCI then wrote to all the franchises asking if they had any objections in this regard and to file the same by Thursday, Feb 3, night.
Even though under IPL rules players who remain unsold at auction cannot be bought otherwise, the BCCI was willing to make an exception only for the three Indian capped players - Ganguly, VRV Singh and Wasim Jaffer - whom no team bought during the player auction.
RCB, MI and RR have pointed to exactly this rule while filing their objections, which blocks Ganguly's aspirations as a T20 cricketer. Barring a last-minute change of stance on the part of the franchises - before Friday's Governing Council meeting here - it could be the end of the line for Ganguly as far as IPL is concerned.
So, is there any hope of Ganguly cracking into IPL 4 at all now? He can still make it if one of the players signed up by Kochi gets injured during the World Cup and is forced out of IPL 4. In such a scenario, Kochi can move the BCCI again, asking for a replacement, and sign up Ganguly.