Kolkata, Oct 29 (IANS) Quelling all speculation over his availability for the Indian Premier League (IPL), former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced his decision to quit all forms of the game, including the IPL.
Ganguly, who had retired from international cricket a few years back, has been playing first class cricket and turned out for Pune Warriors during the last two IPLs.
"I will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 ends. Twenty20 is a very demanding format. It would have been very tough for the body," Ganguly said, confirming that he had made his intention clear to Pune's officials during the fifth edition of the IPL.
"I had a wonderful time playing in the IPL for five seasons. It gave me a chance to keep playing top-class cricket even after quitting international cricket. But I can't go on forever, and I have requested the franchise owners not to consider me for IPL-6," added Ganguly.
The former India opener is the most successful captain for India, winning 21 Test matches of the 49 in which he captained.
He scored 7,212 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 One-Day Internationals in a career spanning more than a decade.