Kolkata, (Jagran News Network): Former India captain Saurav Ganguly announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday.

Ganguly, who remained unsold in the IPL auction, expressed his desire to slip into administration or a coaching role.

A dejected Ganguly said that he was surprised that none of the franchises went for him in the auction.
"I was a bit surprised but honestly I have no idea why I was not picked. I would love to know the reasons but so far I haven't been told," Ganguly said.

"I see no possibility of playing cricket any more. I was playing Ranji only to keep myself fit for the IPL. So I will not play competitive cricket again."

The retirement decision has come after three IPL franchises objected to Team Kochi’s plea to buy Ganguly out of auction, thereby forcing the IPL governing council to shun all doors for the veteran batsman.

"I was very disappointed when the franchises stalled the repurchase. The rules of the IPL have been changed in the past. Every rule in sport should give (players) an opportunity to play, not keep them out. Whether it's Sourav Ganguly today or some other player sometime," he said.