Team Kochi, which will be making its IPL debut this year, is keen to take Sourav Ganguly on board eleven days after the IPL auctions in Bangalore.
The Kochi management who had failed to net a single capped Indian batsman other than VVS Laxman, have approached the Governing Council to allow them to sign the former India captain. However, they can do so only if the other nine franchises give a no objection certificate to this out-of-auction deal.
The BCCI, on its part, has no objection to the deal.
Ganguly, along with Mumbai captain Wasim Jaffer and Punjab pacer VRV Singh were the only three Indian players to remain unsold at the end of the two-day auction.
The onus is clearly now on Kochi bosses to convince the other franchises to let them take Ganguly on board. Having rejected the southpaw outright at the auction, it is hard to fathom why the other franchises would object to Kochi hiring Ganguly - unless, of course, they are bent upon keeping Dada away from IPL.
If the Kochi deal works out, Sourav can look forward to joining forces with his one-time colleagues Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge, Owais Shah, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan.