New Delhi: Indian spin legend and last year’s Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Anil Kumble has pulled out of the upcoming IPL auction, which would take place on January 8 & 9 in Mumbai.
Kumble, who played three seasons for Vijay Mallaya-owned Royal Challengers Bangalore ever since the inception of the T20 league in 2008, led the team in the last two seasons with a lot of success.
Citing business commitments as the reason for his decision, he said that he enjoyed playing in the IPL in the first three editions and thanked his fans and well-wishers for supporting him.
"I wish to withdraw from the players auction for IPL IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January 2011 in Bangalore," said the legendary leg-spinner in an IPL release.
"I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended," said Kumble, who was elected as Karnataka State Cricket Association president in November last year.
His latest decision has brought the curtains down on his illustrious playing career. The leg-spinner, who retired from international and first class cricket in 2008, used to play only in the IPL.
The former Indian skipper was largely responsible for RCB`s turnaround in the IPL. After being named captain for the 2009 season, Kumble led his team to the final of the Twenty20 league.
A year later, the leg-spinner inspired his team to a third-place finish. Consequently, the team qualified for the Champions League T20 tournament twice under his leadership. Kumble also took 45 wickets in the three editions of the IPL to prove his worth even in the shortest version of the game.
As many as 350 top cricketers from India and abroad would go under the auctioneer`s hammer in Bangalore on January 8 and 9 with the 10 IPL franchises bidding for their services for the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.