Pune Warriors retain Ganguly for 2012 IPL

January 21st, 2012 - 5:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 21 (IANS) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been retained by Pune Warriors ahead of Indian Premier League’s (IPL) fifth edition.

Ganguly, who was ignored at the 2011 Players’ Auction in January 2011, came into the Pune franchise as a mid-season replacement for injured Ashish Nehra. He will be part of the team as a player and mentor.

The 39-year-old is reported to have been retained for $400,000, his base price in the last edition.

“He (Ganguly) has been one of India’s greatest and most inspirational cricketers. We have no doubt that his presence in the team will boost our prospects in the IPL, and motivate the boys to excel themselves,” Pune Warriors director Abhijit Sarkar said in a statement Saturday.

Ganguly retired from international cricket in 2008 but has been a regular feature in the domestic events. He played for Bengal in the current edition of Ranji Trophy before flying Down Under for commentating in the ongoing India-Australia series. He also captained Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL’s 2008 and 2010 edition.

Another franchise Kings XI Punjab have signed South African batsman David Miller ahead of the auction scheduled Feb 4.

Delhi Daredevils, who signed England batsman Kevin Pietersen for a whopping $2.3 million earlier in the month, have added three domestic players in Delhi’s teenaged left-handed allrounder Pawan Negi and batsmen Manprit Juneja (Gujarat) and Kuldeep Chandrakant Raval (Saurashtra).

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