Sourav Ganguly
Atletico de Kolkata co-owner Sourav Ganguly arrives at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, after his team won ISL trophy in Kolkata, on Dec 21, 2014.IANS

Bharatiya Janata Party senior leaders are reportedly talking to former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly, convincing him to join the ruling political party.

BJP sources have said that Bengal tiger Ganguly will soon join BJP, IBNLive tweeted.

If he accepts the party's offer, there are fair chances that he'll be fielded against Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in the 2016 assembly elections.

Ever since BJP won the 2014 General elections, it has been eyeing Banejee's turf. TMC's alleged involvement in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam has given the ruling party opportunity to challenge Banerjee and sweep her out of power.

However, if Ganguly will agree to enter politics this time around is yet to be decided. Ganguly had last year rejected BJP's proposal to contest Lok Sabha elections and said that he will participate in the Clean India Mission instead.

One of India's best cricketers, left-handed Ganguly, 42, retired from international cricket in 2008, though he continued to play for the Bengal team and became the chairman of the Cricket Association of Bengal's Cricket Development Committee.