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IPL snub prompts ex-India skipper to retire

Prince of Kolkata: Ganguly was overlooked at the IPL auction

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

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The decision comes after the doors of Indian Premier League (IPL) were shut on him by the tournament's governing council, who rejected the Kochi franchise's appeal to sign the veteran batsman.

A total of three franchises reportedly opposed the move to include unsold Indian players back in the IPL.

Ganguly, who had doubled his base price to US$400,000, was not selected by any franchises including his former club Kolkata Knight Riders during the auction held in January.

"I was a bit surprised but honestly I have no idea why I was not picked. I would love to know the reasons but so far I haven't been told," Ganguly, 38, told Headlines Today.

"I see no possibility of playing cricket any more. I was playing Ranji only to keep myself fit for the IPL. So I will not play competitive cricket again."

Future

The most successful India skipper retired from Tests after the match against Australia in Nagpur in November 2008, nearly a year after playing his last one-day international against Pakistan at Gwalior, but continued to play in the domestic Ranji tournament for West Bengal.

He has now hinted at taking up cricket administration or a coaching role.

"I would love to be involved in administration but I have to think about it," he said.

"I have to take a decision. I am also open to the idea of coaching the Indian team."