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IPL 5 buildup and updates thread - April 4, 2012 to May 27, 2012
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New Delhi: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been retained by Sahara Pune Warriors for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. Ganguly, played as a replacement for injured Ashish Nehra in IPL 4.
He had been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three editions of the tournament, and had led the side in 2008 and 2010.
The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament will be held from April 4 to May 27, 2012 and will have total of 76 matches to be played between nine teams.
"We are privileged to have a player of Sourav Ganguly's calibre in our squad. He has been one of India's greatest and most inspirational cricketers. We have no doubt that his presence in the team will boost the team's prospects in the IPL, and motivate the boys to excel themselves," Abhijit Sarkar, Director - Pune Warriors, said.
"Ganguly's record speaks for itself. Icons like him only enhance the phenomenon that is the IPL. He has always set high standards for himself, and we can expect some outstanding performances from him in the tournament," Rajeev Shukla said.
The IPL 5 auction will take place in Bangalore on Saturday. Nine teams with a total sum of $16.94 million cash to select 144 players.
With such limited money ($2 million per team minus any money spent on re-signing players like Sourav Ganguly and Chris Gayle) the competition will be stiff and yet another exciting auction for teams trying to grab the best of players. Among 144 players who are available at prices ranging from $400,000 to $20,000, only eight are Indians and seven from the terminated Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
So, 136 foreigners will be competing for 29 spots, with each team allowed a max of 11 foreigners, one up from the earlier 10, following the termination of Kochi Tuskers team. Kochi was the first team to sign 10 foreigners which was allowed then, now these players must be accommodated elsewhere.