Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly is set to make a belated appearance in the Indian Premier League 2011 with bottom side Pune Warriors.
The ex-Kolkata Knight Riders captain was overlooked at the auction and there was early-season speculation that he was going to sign for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
However, that never materialised and he has now taken up a spot in the Warriors side as a replacement for the injured left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra, who has an injured finger.
"We signed him up yesterday night, Abhijit Sarkar, team director told Reuters. " We were in touch with Sourav but we were waiting for Nehra's report which arrived yesterday.
"He will join us as soon as possible and start practising with the team. The team management will decide when he will take the field for us."
The Warriors currently sit bottom of the table having won two games out of eight.
Elsewhere, Ganguly's former team the Knight Riders have drafted in South African Mark Boucher as a replacement for Brad Haddin, who suffered a fractured finger during Australia's tour of Bangladesh.
"We are very disappointed that Brad will be leaving the squad and will not take further part in IPL4," Venky Mysore, chief executive and managing director of the Knight Riders said.
"In a short period, Brad had made his presence felt both on and off the field. We are fortunate to have someone like Mark Boucher as Brad's replacement. Mark comes with a lot of experience and a terrific track record in all forms of the game."
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