Former Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Anil Kumble has decided to opt out of being available for auction ahead of the fourth season of the Indian Premier League.
“I wish to withdraw from the players auction for IPL IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January 2011 in Bangalore," Kumble said in a statement posted on the Indian board's official website (www.bcci.tv).
“I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended,” he added.
He has cited business commitments as a reason for pulling out of the Twenty20 competition and was recently appointed President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.
Under Kumble, the Royal Challengers reached the final of the second edition of the IPL in 2009 in South Africa and then finished in third place in the third edition, going on to represent India in the first two stagings of the Champions League Twenty20.
Under new rules for the 2011 tournament, Kumble would have been available for any of the teams to bid on after just 12 players were retained by their franchises.
Kumble, who played 132 Tests and 269 One-Day Internationals for India, took 45 wickets for the Challengers during his time with them.
He took over as captain in the second season following a disappointing first season with Rahul Dravid at the helm and then a short spell when Kevin Pietersen led the side in South Africa.
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