New Delhi: The Indian Premier League franchisees on Friday refused to allow BCCI to bring unsold former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly back for an out-of-auction signing for IPL-4, effectively ending Ganguly's stint in the cash-rich league.
The BCCI had earlier sent a letter to all team owners in this regard, seeking their permission if Ganguly can be brought back on the table after Kochi showed interest in signing the former Kolkata Knight Riders' skipper.
However, the move has been strongly opposed by most of the remaining nine franchisees.
Ganguly, who found no takers during the IPL auction in January, was reportedly approached by Kochi owners who want him to captain their team.
The IPL Governing Council has called a meeting on Friday to discuss the induction of three unsold players: Ganguly, Wasim Jaffer and VRV Singh.
The Governing Council has showed its surprise by Kochi's late intent and the task to go ahead and purchase Ganguly wasn't an easy one for them as they could do so only if the other nine franchisees raise no-objection to this out-of-auction deal.
Team Kochi will be making their IPL debut in the mega event which begins on April 8.