Can’t have a team in Kolkata without Dada: SRK

Updated: Jan 11, 2011, 08:49 AM IST

Zeecric Bureau

Kolkata: After snubbing Sourav Ganguly completely in the IPL auction, Shah Rukh Khan, the Kolkata Knight Rider team owner said that he would like to have the former Indian captain in his team in a different capacity.

None of the teams vouched for Ganguly in the recently concluded IPL auction in Bangalore, not even his former team Kolkata Knight Riders. That undoubtedly, not only left the on-field King of Kolkata miffed, but also his supporters as they burned effigies of the Bollywood star.

One may call it a ‘damage control’ act or self-realization, Shahrukh said that it is impossible to think have Kolkata Knight Riders without Ganguly and that he wishes to rope in the cricketer in a managerial role.

“He (Sourav Ganguly) is an integral part of the team. It is difficult to think of having a team in Kolkata without him,” Shahrukh said.

“I have spoken to Sourav over phone. We will try to use him in a different capacity,” Shah Rukh was quoted as saying by a Bengali television channel.

When asked why the other teams did not bid for Ganguly, Shahrukh turned to his diplomatic best and said, “I don’t think I should be commenting on that. There are ten teams and thus, there are ten different think tanks. There are various permutations and combinations which the teams try to work out. So it is difficult to say,” he said.

It has been revealed that KKR CEO Venky Mysore has already invited Ganguly to take up a managerial post in the team.

However, as per the sources, Ganguly in ‘not desperate’ to get into KKR and might also reject the offer.

Shocked to not find any takers in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League, Dada said, “I don’t know what happened. It’s up to the teams to decide on the players but I didn’t expect to go unsold. It’s hard to believe that I don’t figure among the 100-odd cricketers.”