Sourav breaks his silence over IPL snub

Kolkata, Jan 15 (PTI) Breaking his silence after beingignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly today said he neverdid politics and was always transparent in what he did as acricketer.

Indirectly taking a dig at the IPL snub during aprogramme here, Ganguly said: "I never did politics. I wouldnot have been here if I did politics. With my practicalexperiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the topall the time.

So when you are at the top, be transparent. The ruleis same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader youmust tell the truth. They might not like it but it''s importantto be clear with your colleagues," Ganguly said.

Having retired from international cricket, Gangulycontinued playing in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders in thefirst three seasons but none of the 10 franchises showed anyinterest in the city''s favourite son who now finds hiscricketing career come to an abrupt end.

But the 38-year-old former captain insisted that therewas no age for retirement.

"As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement,"he said.

Referring to Indian cricket''s Big Three -- SachinTendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman -- who are in thefag-end of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should becareful to avoid an Australia-like crisis.

"Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden,Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That''s too much of avoid to fill so quickly," Ganguly said.

Ganguly said the magnificent trio should retire inphases.

"I don''t see them retiring very soon as long as theykeep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thingthat they make sure that they don''t finish together, so therewill be a lot of void."

"So the selectors have to be careful to make sure thatthey go one at a time and not all together so that you get inthe replacements and get them ready.

"Also it''s important to get in the replacements in ahome series so that they go to an overseas tour with runs andconfidence behind them."

"You saw Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series in SouthAfrica. He struggled a bit but it was difficult condition tobat in there as well. So it''s important that they go inphases." PTI TAP BSM AMD

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