Mumbai:Anil Kumble, the former Indian legspinner who also captained Royal Challengers Bangalore, has withdrawn from this weekend's IPL auction, citing business commitments. He had been among the 22 players with the highest reserve price of US$400,000 for the IPL auction to be held in Bangalore.
"I wish to withdraw from the players auction for IPL IV scheduled for the 8th and 9th of January 2011 in Bangalore," Kumble said in a press release. "I have enjoyed my stint at the IPL so far and thank all concerned for the support extended."
Kumble retired from international cricket in 2008, and remains India's leading wicket-taker in Tests (619) and one-dayers (337). In November 2010, Kumble won the elections to become president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, and he is also the vice-chairman of the state's wildlife board.
In the IPL, Bangalore had a forgettable inaugural season under Rahul Dravid, and started poorly in 2009 with Kevin Pietersen at the helm. Kumble took over as leader midway through that season and helped turn round Bangalore's form, taking them to the final, and also captained them to the semi-finals last year.
The IPL's chief operating officer Sundar Raman tweeted that Kumble's absence will be felt. "Jumbo [Kumble's nickname] will be missed in IPL. Been an inspiration for many youngsters."