The Pune Warriors have signed former India captain Sourav Ganguly for the remainder of the Indian Premier League season.
Ganguly, who appeared for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons of the IPL, went unsold at January’s player auction and duly swore off all future competitive cricket.
However the veteran has now agreed a deal with the Warriors until the end of May, just three months after he said that there was “no possibility of playing cricket any more”.
The 38-year-old will take the place of Ashish Nehra in Pune’s squad after a finger injury ruled the left-armer out of the remainder of the IPL.
“We were waiting for Ashish Nehra’s fitness report and ultimately the report came yesterday,” Warriors director Abhijit Sarkar told PTI.
“I was already in talks with Ganguly and we decided that the amount of experience that Sourav has in cricket will no doubt help the team. So we finalised Ganguly last night.
“He is playing in IPL not for money but to prove a point. Our team think-tank felt that Sourav Ganguly is the best possible option available so we went for him. He has been a fighter and a master of comebacks. We are very much confident that he will prove his worth.”
Ganguly will be vice-captain to Yuvraj Singh, and is likely to join the Pune squad ahead of their match against Mumbai Indians on May 4. Cricket365