Ganguly not to play IPL, ends cricket career

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Updated: Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:39 [IST]
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Ganguly quits IPL, ends cricket career

New Delhi, Oct 29: Pune Warriors' skipper Sourav Ganguly has put an end to his IPL career, as he has decided not to play the next edition of the cash-rich league.

Ganguly who has played IPL since its inception in 2008, decided not to play the next edition of the cash rich league as he informed the franchise and conveyed the same and requested them not to consider him for the next edition of IPL.

"I had a wondeful time playing in the IPL for five seasons. It gave me a chance to keep playing top-class cricket even after quitting international cricket. But I can't go on forever, and I have requested the franchise owners not to consider me for IPL 6," Sourav told TOI on Sunday.

After he informed the franchise about the decision to quit his IPL career, it is learnt that the franchise and the Bengal batsman have agreed to all the terms as Sahara owned Pune Warriors would relieve Ganguly from his duties immediately.

Ganguly also opted out of the Ranji trophy match as Tiwary is all set to lead Bengal in the tournament.

"It is tough to play a whole season of first-class cricket when you know that you are not going to play for India. I kept playing first-class cricket because you cannot just turn up for IPL without any sort of preparation," said Sourav after confirming his decision to quit his IPL career.

This further suggests that it would bring an end to his 21-year old career as he made his debut in 1989-90 against Delhi in the Ranji Trophy final.

"Bengal cricket is in good hands. It is good to see the likes of Manoj, Wriddhiman, Dinda, Sami and Anustup knocking hard on the selectors' door. I wish them all the best," he added.

Ganguly had taken a call on his international career after Test series against Australia in 2008, while 

Pune Warriors did not fare well in the fifth edition of IPL and finished last in the tournament.

When asked Ganguly if Pune Warriors' poor show was one of the reasons for his decision to quit IPL, he said T20 is a demanding format and the body finds it very tough to cope with it.

"Twenty20 is a very demanding format. I will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 ends. It would have been very tough for the body," he said.

The former Indian captain led Pune Warriors in IPL 5, after regular skipper Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with cancer, and couldn't be a part of the fifth edition.

While Ganguly has been a part of the cash rich league since its inception in 2008, as he played for Kolkata Knight Riders for three years, and joined Pune Warriors for the fifth edition of IPL.

Though he has played 59 IPL games, the south paw has an average of 25.46 with a strike rate of 106.80.

With age playing a vital role, Sourav Ganguly's decision to put an end to his IPL career might be a good decision but cricket is definitely going to miss a batsman of his caliber.


Story first published:  Monday, October 29, 2012, 12:08 [IST]
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