By Lokendra Pratap Sahi
Calcutta (The Telegraph): Either it was said with a motive, or Subrata Roy, the Pune Warriors India owner, hadn’t been briefed before he made the stunning “Sourav (Ganguly) will be the mentor next season” announcement, on Thursday.
For, a year ago, Sourav hadn’t been keen on becoming a mentor to the Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchise which dropped him like a hot potato after the first three seasons of the IPL.
Be it principal owner Shah Rukh Khan or the Knights’ CEO, Venky Mysore, everybody had talked about giving a suitable role to Sourav, specifically that of a mentor.
Publicly, Shah Rukh’s line was: “I’d love him to be an integral part (of the franchise)...”
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Sourav, according to The Telegraph’s sources, didn’t play ball for three reasons.
The reasons being: He wanted to continue as a player (and made the Warriors’ squad as a replacement), felt 38 wasn’t the age to be a mentor (he’s 39 now) and that the Knights already had a mentor in Wasim Akram.
It’s highly unlikely that, speaking generally, Sourav’s position has changed dramatically. However, it’s a fact that he’ll be closer to 40 when it’s time for IPL-VI.
That Sourav hadn’t been taken into confidence by Roy was (indirectly) confirmed by the former himself when he told a TV interviewer during Friday’s match: “Well, I really don’t know (about the mentor’s role)...”
A complete lack of communication on such a touchy issue has left the janata baffled.
Meanwhile, Sourav will be back as the Warriors’ captain on Sunday, against the Rajasthan Royals, in Jaipur.
Mentor bit to remain intriguing
Sourav will be back as the Warriors’ captain on Sunday, against the Rajasthan Royals, in Jaipur.Yahoo! Cricket – Sun 13 May, 2012 12:38 PM IST
By Lokendra Pratap Sahi
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