Pune: Owner of the Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors India, Subrata Roy, has told CNN-IBN that Sourav Ganguly, the team's skipper in the ongoing fifth season, is likely to remain just a mentor of the team from 2013 onwards.
"Ganguly [is] likely to be [the] mentor of Pune IPL from next year," the Sahara Group supremo said as his team goes through another insipid season after becoming part of the IPL family in 2011. However, Roy further added that a "final decision [will be taken] after the current season gets over."
Ganguly too confirmed it by saying that he was asked to lead Pune, and now he wants to give youngsters a chance. "I did not want to be the captain but was asked to do so. Now I want to give a chance to the youngsters," Ganguly said. Ganguly was appointed skipper after Yuvraj Singh, currently recuperating from a rare germ cell cancer, was ruled out.
Ganguly has been completely at sea in IPL 5 after he was made the captain-cum-mentor of the team before the season started on April 4. As a result, his captaincy has suffered a great deal and the team has so far lost nine out of their 13 matches, leaving them at the eighth spot in the nine-team tournament.
Earlier in the day, there were reports in the media that the Pune team management is likely to meet over Ganguly's participation in the remaining three matches of IPL 5. It was also being conjectured that if Ganguly were asked to sit out, either Michael Clarke or Steve Smith will lead the side.