Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday expressed shock at all the 10 Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises spurning Sourav Ganguly at the two-day players' auction in Bangalore.
"This news has come as a shock to us. I think the crowd support which the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got in the last three editions of the IPL will be affected," said CAB joint secretary Sujon Mukherjee.
Mukherjee said with Ganguly - the star local draw for KKR in the previous IPL games at the Eden Gardens - being not around, the crowd could lose interest in the side.
Meanwhile Sourav's elder brother Snehasish Ganguly said that KKR had made a 'mistake' by giving the cold shoulder to the former Indian captain.
"I am bewildered... surprised... sad. I have been thinking about this for the last 24 hours. When Sourav's contemporaries like Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman can fetch good money, and many lesser known players are lapped up by teams, how come no one raised any bid for him," Snehasish said while speaking to IANS.