Indian great Sourav Ganguly has decided not to continue playing in the IPL
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has retired from all forms of cricket after opting not to play in next season's IPL.
Last Updated: 29/10/12 11:23am
Ganguly stopped playing international cricket four years ago but has taken part in the IPL since its inception, captaining the Pune Warriors in the latest tournament.
The 40-year-old has a contract for next season's IPL as well but told Monday's Times of India newspaper that the time had come to call it a day.
"I had a wonderful time playing in the IPL for five seasons," said Ganguly. "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 six. Twenty20 is a very demanding format. I will be almost 41 by the time IPL six ends and it would have been very tough for the body."
Ganguly, an elegant left-handed batsman, scored 7,212 runs in 113 Tests and led India to 21 wins in 49 Tests, making him India's most successful captain.
And, in a recent interview, he suggested that he should take over as coach of the national side when Duncan Fletcher stands down.