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IPL’s Governing Council stalled what could have been a back-door entry for Ganguly after he was left unsold at the players’ auction in Bangalore at a base price of USD 400,000.
“Based on the views from Franchisees, IPL Governing Council decided not to make available the unsold Indian Players from the auction,” said a release from Cricket Board’s secretary N Srinivasan who is a member of the GC as an office bearer of the Board.
That effectively dashed the hopes of not only Ganguly, who went unsold at the two-day auction on January 8 and 9, but also those of two other capped players - Wasim Jaffer and V R V Singh - who will not feature in the April 8-May 28 tournament.
Speaking to reporters after a marathon meeting of the Governing Council, chairman Chirayu Amin said Ganguly would not be part of IPL-4 following the objection raised by a few franchises to a request from one franchise which was interested in buying the Bengal stalwart outside the auction.
“We had received a request from one franchise (Kochi) that Ganguly should be allowed to be purchased outside the auction and rejected it after objections were raised by some other franchises,” Amin said.
IPL rules state that no capped player can be bought outside the players’ auction after he has been part of the process.