IPL governing council member hopeful about Sourav

Last Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 09:11 AM IST

Kolkata: Anurag Thakur, a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council and president of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, said Tuesday he is hopeful about Sourav Ganguly getting associated with one of the franchises before the fourth edition of the League begins April 8.

"I know him (Sourav) for a long time, he is very good friend of mine. He is a great player. But as Preity Zinta had said, the director chooses the actor according to the role. Twenty20 is altogether a different game," Thakur said while talking to media persons here Wednesday.

"Those who are investing money in T20 should always think how they could use the expertise and experience of a great player like Sourav. There was a statement from Shahrukh Khan and from that I feel that Shah Rukh and Sourav might have conversed, and I hope something will come out," said Thakur.

Ganguly, who led Kolkata Knight Riders in the last three IPL editions, failed to get a buyer in the two-day players` auction in Bangalore over the weekend.