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Former India captain Saurav Ganguly back in IPL

Saurav Ganguly
Image caption Saurav Ganguly went unsold in the auction

Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly, who went unsold in this year's Indian Premier League auction, has signed up to play for the Pune team.

Ganguly, 38, played for the Calcutta team in the first three seasons of the lucrative cricket tournament.

He scored more than 18,500 runs in Tests and ODIs before retiring from international cricket in 2008.

The Pune team is at the bottom of the table in the ongoing IPL season - which is now about half completed.

It has lost six out of the eight matches it has played.

A Pune team spokesman said Ganguly, who replaces the injured fast bowler Ashish Nehra, would "bring a lot of experience to the team".

Ganguly, one of India's most successful cricket captains, went unsold in the IPL players' auction in January - he had a base price of $400,000.

He was the captain of the Calcutta team for the first two seasons of the IPL.

The IPL is the world's richest cricket tournament.

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