"I have signed a contract with IMG-R. There will be six teams taking part and three grounds have been allotted for the tournament," Sourav Ganguly told © IANS
“I have signed a contract with IMG-R. There will be six teams taking part and three grounds have been allotted for the tournament,” Sourav Ganguly told © IANS

Kolkata: A franchise-based Bengal Premier League (BPL) involving six teams will start in December 2017, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) President and former India captain Sourav Ganguly said on Friday. “I have signed a contract with IMG-R. There will be six teams taking part and three grounds have been allotted for the tournament,” Ganguly told reporters. The Eden Gardens, Jadavpur University’s Salt Lake campus ground, and one district stadium where floodlights will be installed for the same will play hosts to the BPL matches. Floodlights also need to be installed at the Jadavpur University’s Salt Lake campus ground. Sourav Ganguly-led CAB to construct new international stadium in Kolkata?

The auctions are likely to be held in the last week of August. “This is being done to promote Bengal cricket,” Ganguly added. Meanwhile, the 44-year-old said India will fare well in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, adding the replacement of injured Manish Pandey with wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik won’t affect team composition much. “India will do well in the ICC Champions Trophy. The squad looks good and one change won’t affect much,” Ganguly said. Defending champions India take on arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4. The Champions Trophy begins on June 1. ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Sourav Ganguly, Ricky Ponting among list of commentators

Sourav Ganguly and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) are mulling over the construction of a new international stadium in the outskirts of Kolkata. It is believed that CAB have already acquired 10 acres of land for this very purpose. Ganguly, however, remains tight-lipped about this issue when he was questioned during a recent Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Eden Gardens.