Ganguly to share Kolkata Knight Riders' captainship

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New Delhi, Mar 25 (ANI): Kolkata Knight Riders' cricket manager John Buchanan announced in a press conference on Wednesday that former Indian cricket team captain Sourav Ganguly would not be acting as a 'fixed' captain for the Shah Rukh Khan owned franchisee in the second season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

"Ganguly and I have talked about it yesterday and decided that there need not necessarily be a fixed captain," he said. "The team will have four captains."

Buchanan denied any rift in the team and claimed that the dismissal of Ganguly as a fixed captain had no relation with his performance or fitness.

The team will have a separate batting captain and a fielding captain.

Elaborating the new blueprint, Buchanan said, "I really think in the course of this 20-over tournament we have the capacity to have the team coach, Matthew Mott, running the batting side of things. If we have to change the batting order or change personnel to fit a certain situation, then that is something that could fall under his control."

"Once on the field, we have some very good leaders there in Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Brad Hodge and Sourav Ganguly. The laws of the game state that you need a captain for certain formal roles, such as the coin toss, but that aside, I see there is scope to challenge the way teams have been run in the past," he added.

Ganguly too accepted the decision saying, "I am not upset...My goal is to score runs and take wickets"

"This is a unique concept... John has the right to implement his own methods," he added. (ANI)

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Story first published: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 17:00 [IST]
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