Kumble hangs up his boots, withdraws from IPL auction
Former India captain Anil Kumble pulls put of this weekend's Indian Premier League auction, citing his involvement in cricket administration and other commitments.cricket Updated: Jan 04, 2011 15:33 IST
Former India captain Anil Kumble on Tuesday pulled out of the cash-rich Indian Premier League citing business commitments, a decision which comes barely three days before the players auction.
Kumble, who had already quit Test and one-day cricket, said he was withdrawing from the January 8-9 auction because
of business commitments, his association with cricket administration and wildlife in various capacities.
It effectively means that Kumble is now retiring from all forms of cricket after playing at the top level for two
"I wish to withdraw from the players auction for IPL IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January 2011 in Bangalore,"
said the legendary leg-spinner in an IPL release.
"I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended," said Kumble, who was
elected as Karnataka State Cricket Association president in November last year.
Kumble's pulling out of the player's auction, however, came as a surprise as he had recently increased his base price
from $ 2,00,000 to 4,00,000.
He had been among the 22 players with the highest reserve price of $ 400,000 for the IPL auction to be held in
Kumble, who captained Royal Challengers Bangalore in two IPL seasons -- in 2009 and 2010, was not retained by RCB for
this season. Only Delhi batsman Virat Kohli was retained by RCB for this season.
Kumble, who made his international debut in 1990, retired in 2008, and remains India's leading wicket-taker in Tests
(619) and one-dayers (337).
The former Indian skipper was largely responsible for RCB's turnaround in the IPL. After being named captain for
the 2009 season, Kumble led his team to the final of the Twenty20 league.
A year later, the leg-spinner inspired his team to a third-place finish. Consequently, the team qualified for the
Champions League T20 tournament twice under his leadership.
Kumble also took 45 wickets in the three editions of the IPL to prove his worth even in the shortest version of the game.
He was among the most effective bowlers in the previous two seasons, taking 17 wickets with an economy of 6.42 in
2010, and 21 at an economy of 5.86 in 2009.