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IPL shuts the door on Ganguly comeback

The IPL governing council has ruled out giving the franchises permission to sign any Indian players unsold during last months player auction in Bangalore.

A number of teams were reported to be interested in signing former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly; who suffered the embarrassment of not being sold during the auction.

After listening to the complaints from a number of teams the governing council ruled that no further players could be signed by a franchise unless they were needed to replace an injured player.

With a base rate of $400,000, Ganguly was one of the biggest names to be snubbed during the auction and the ruling virtually rules out the chances of Ganguly returning to the IPL despite after skippering the Kolkata Knights Riders during the first three tournaments.

"Based on the views from Franchisees, IPL Governing Council decided not to make available the unsold Indian Players from the auction," said BCCI secretary N Srinivasan.

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