Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly has decided against making himself available for the Indian Premier League 2013, retiring from competitive cricket.
he retired from international cricket in 2008 but played on in the IPL, first for the Kolkata Knight Riders and latterly for the Pune Warriors, also playing first-class cricket for Bengal.
"I will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 ends. Twenty20 is a very demanding format. It would have been very tough for the body," he told The Times of India.
"To captain in IPL, there is a lot of responsibility. You are answerable to many questions. It’s better to captain the country. At least, nobody would phone you and ask what went wrong.
"I had a wonderful time playing in the IPL for five seasons. 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-6."
His decision to quit the IPL has also brought to an end his first-class career, and he finishes with a total of 15,687 runs at an average of 44.18 in 254 matches.
He also played 113 Tests, 311 One-Day Internationals and 437 one-day games in a distringuished career that saw him lead India 49 times in Tests, winning 11 matches overseas.
His Twenty20 record saw him play 77 matches, in which he scored 1,726 runs with eight half-centuries and take 29 wickets. He never played a Twenty20 International for his country, however, deciding along with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in 2007 to make himself unavailable ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa.
India would go on to win the tournament and Dravid subsequently did play Twenty20 International shortly before his own retirement in 2011.
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