Sourav Ganguly will not lead Pune any more as he moves to mentor role

Sourav Ganguly (pictured) will mentor the Pune Warriors from next season

Sourav Ganguly (pictured) will mentor the Pune Warriors from next season

Sourav Ganguly will no longer be the captain of Pune Warriors in the Indian Premier League.

The former India captain will serve only as the team's mentor, putting an end to intense speculation over the struggling batsman's fate following a string of poor results.

Ganguly's future role in the team was spelt out by franchise owner Subrata Roy who said that the veteran batsman wants to remain in the team as mentor only.

'Sourav will be the mentor next season. We rather pushed him to play in IPL 5 as he is such a fantastic captain,' Roy said.

The Warriors are already out of the race for the play-offs berth. Roy added Ganguly would like to sit out of the team's last three matches for the youngsters' sake.

'Sourav wants to give youngsters a chance in the last few games,' Roy said.

Ganguly has been under the scanner for his failure as a batsman in the current edition of IPL while the team's below-par show has also put a question mark on his waning leadership skills.

Pune have lost nine of their 13 matches in the league so far.

'I did not want to be the captain but was asked to do so. Now I want to give chance to youngsters,' Ganguly said.

Ganguly was appointed skipper after Yuvraj Singh, currently recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was ruled out due to health issues.

After a decent start, Ganguly has gone through a lean patch both as a batsman and skipper and his captaincy of late has been a subject of debate.

Some of the decisions made by Ganguly that have come under scanner include Bangladeshi opener Tamim Iqbal not getting a single game despite being the topscorer in Asia Cup.

Also, T20 specialist Alphonso Thomas being repeatedly ignored in favour of West Indian Marlon Samuels who did precious little with the bat or ball.

Roy, however, came to the left-hander's defence. 'Ganguly is a fine captain, our team lacked good Indian talent,' the owner said.

Sourav Ganguly plays a shot during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

Sourav Ganguly plays a shot during a match between Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors at Eden Gardens in Kolkata

Team sources had earlier said that the management wants the former India captain to take a call on his future in the remaining three matches.

'If Ganguly himself offers to step down from captaincy and decides to sit out for the remaining three games, the owners will certainly be only too happy to accomodate.

The general feeling is that, they have lost with Ganguly at helm and with new players, it can't get worse,' a senior IPL official had said.

With Ganguly out of the reckoning, there is a possibility that either Aussie Michael Clarke or find-of-the-season Steve Smith would lead the side.

With 261 runs from 13 games at a strike-rate of just over 100, the soon-to-be 40 Ganguly has struggled to fit himself to the demands of the shortest version.

 


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