Former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who was ignored by IPL franchises at the players’ auction, rubbished speculation that he was now being approached by Kochi through an open bidding process.

“I don’t know much about Kochi; it seems you guys know more... Well till now, I’ve not been approached by any team,” Ganguly told reporters.

Ganguly further said Sachin Tendulkar deserves to get the Bharat Ratna. “As I’ve said earlier, he should get it. In near future, he should be getting it.”

Media reports had said the Kochi IPL had contacted other teams to get a no-objection certificate (NOC) from them to rope in the left-hander.

As per the IPL rule, Ganguly can again be part of the IPL through an open bidding process if all the 10 franchises have no objection to the move.

He also expressed confidence that Eden Gardens would be ready in time amidst fears that the renovation work is going way behind schedule. “I’m sure it will be completed and be ready in time for the (four) World Cup matches,” Ganguly said.

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