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Ganguly Rules Out Retirement From Competitive Cricket

Kolkata, Feb 8 : Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today ruled out retiring from competitive cricket and said he was still hoping to play in the Indian Premier League if an opportunity came his way
PTI February 08, 2011 18:46 IST
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Kolkata, Feb 8 : Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly today ruled out retiring from competitive cricket and said he was still hoping to play in the Indian Premier League if an opportunity came his way in the future.

A day after speculation about his retirement from all forms of cricket did the rounds, he said it was a classic case of misunderstanding and he was "shocked and disappointed" to see how his comments were misinterpreted by the media.

"After learning that something was misunderstood during the interview, I had sent a rejoinder and said if I don't get to play IPL, I will not be participating in any forms of domestic cricket. But if I do get an opportunity to play IPL,

I will play domestic cricket to stay fit," Ganguly told PTI in an interview here.

Reiterating that he has not called it quits from domestic cricket, Ganguly said the media blew his remarks out of proportion and in no point of time during the interview he has mentioned about his complete retirement from the game.

"It was completely misunderstood. It was in a sequence of questions I had said that I would not play domestic cricket if I don't play in IPL. It was said in a different perspective completely," the former Indian captain said.

"I had never said in the interview that I was retiring from all forms of cricket and there was no question of backtracking. I don't understand how they (media) came to such a conclusion," he said.

An interview to a television channel yesterday triggered speculation about Ganguly's retirement from all forms of the game as his comments were misinterpreted by the media.

"It's very disappointing and shocking to know the way the media interpreted it and blew it out of proportion. It should not have happened like this," Ganguly said.

"It was a classic example of I say something in some context which was understood completely in a different way in some other context," he said.

Asked how he sees his cricketing career panning out after all the franchises chose to ignore him for IPL IV, Ganguly said, "You have to wait and see.

"I will take a call if an opportunity comes my way in future. I have already retired from International cricket
(after Australia series) in 2008. And it's too far to talk about the next IPL." PTI