Former Indian and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Sourav Ganguly, who went unsold in the IPL auction, will finally play in the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League.
Ganguly is expected to replace injured Ashish Nehra and will join the Pune team in Wednesday's game against Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil stadium, Indian media reported.
Abhijit Sarkar, director of Pune Warriors said: “We were waiting for the report of Ashish Nehra. Meanwhile, we were in talks with Ganguly. Once the report came, we requested Dada to join our team and he has agreed to do so. We were looking at the kind of experience Ganguly has and we are hopeful he make a difference.”
Earlier, IPL cleared Pune Warriors application to allow Ganguly to play in the lucrative league.
Ganguly’s base price was $400,000 and went unsold in the IPL auction held in January.
Ganguly, 38, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders for three IPL seasons captaining them in two editions, went unsold in the January players’ auction.
He refused a mentor’s role with KKR after that and there had been speculation of a possible comeback through another franchise.
The left-handed batman was first sought by Kochi Tuskers Kerala but their application was rejected by the IPL’s Governing Council.
However, he signed on the dotted line for Pune on Monday, giving a major fillip to the side which has lost six matches on the trot after starting promisingly with a couple of back-to-back wins.