New Delhi, May 11: Pune Warriors owner, Subrata Roy has said that the former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, currently leading Warriors in IPL 5, will be seen as a player and captain only in IPL 5, as he wants to be associated with the team as a mentor in the next season.
Pune Warriors with just 4 wins from 13 matches, have secured only 8 points and have been ruled out of contention for the play-offs, while Ganguly's decision to quit captaincy and continue only as a mentor has received mixed response. There are rumours about Ganguly being rested for the remaining three matches in IPL 5.
Talking to NDTV, Pune team owner, Subrata Roy said, "Sourav wants to give youngsters a chance in the last games."
He further added saying Sourav Ganguly showed interest in being a mentor of the team while the team management forced him to play and lead the side this season.
"Sourav will be the mentor next season. We pushed him to play in IPL 5," he said.
While Yuvraj Singh, Pune's regular skipper, recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, will return to the side next year.
Ganguly-led Pune Warriors started off well as they registered a couple of wins in the beginning, but things changed over a period of time, as Ganguly has a torrid time as player and captain.
Roy defended his captain, saying Ganguly's captaincy was not the reason for the team's loss while lack of Indian talent affected the team.
"Ganguly is a fine captain, our team lacked good Indian talent."
With 261 runs off 13 games at a strike rate just over 100, fitness and agility being the main concerns, Ganguly's age was against him as he couldn't fit himself to the demands of the shortest version of the game.
Ganguly was blamed for not including Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal, despite being the highest run-scorer in the Asia Cup with four half centuries to his credit while West Indies T20 specialist Alphonso Thomas was ignored to accomodate Marlon Samuels who wasn't consistent after the first three matches.
Similarly, a few issues like ignoring Manish Pandey and Rahul Sharma to favour Mithun Manhas raised a couple of eye brows.
Most importantly, Ganguly's form was another concern, India's finest captain struggled and looked out of sorts consuming a lot of balls in IPL 5.