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Ganguly still harbours IPL hopes

cricket Updated: Apr 21, 2011 07:38 IST
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Sourav Ganguly believes it's not all over yet, as far as his Indian Premier League career is concerned. Speaking in a programme aired by a Bengali news channel on Wednesday, Ganguly answered in the affirmative when asked whether fans could expect to see him in action in IPL 4.

"I'm keeping fingers crossed, but yes, they can," Ganguly said to the joy of his fans. He had an inkling that things would go in his favour, for he had kept himself fit after going unsold in the auctions. But he has not played since the last edition.

Although Ganguly didn't mention any team, Kochi Tuskers Kerala seems to be his likely destination if Sri Lanka Cricket sticks to its stand that the country's internationals will have to join a national camp on May 5. Kochi then will not only have to look for new captain but also a batsman to replace Mahela Jayawardene. Kochi Tuskers director Mukesh Patel said that they are yet to make any request to BCCI for Jayawardene's replacement, but if the situation arises, Ganguly could be an option. "We haven't asked for Jayawardene's replacement because we don't know the status on the availability of Sri Lankan players. But if there is a need, we may opt for Ganguly," Patel told.

After May 5, Kochi have four matches. It's to be seen whether the team owners shell out Rs 1.77 crore (Ganguly's base price) at that phase of the League.