Knight Riders defer decisions
Kolkata Knight Riders are in no rush to decide who will captain and coach the team next season.
Last Updated: 05/08/09 11:58am
Kolkata Knight Riders are biding their time before deciding on a coach and captain for next season.
The Knight Riders, who finished at the bottom of the table in the last edition of the IPL in South Africa, were rocked by a series of controversies triggered by director of cricket operations John Buchanan's multi-captaincy theory and his decision to ease former India captain Sourav Ganguly out of the skipper's role.
Buchanan's idea was eventually shelved, with the captaincy mantle conferred on New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum.
Under McCullum's charge, the Knight Riders won only three matches of 14. Buchanan's contract with the franchise has since been terminated.
Ganguly is widely expected to return as captain, especially since McCullum's availability for the third edition of the Twenty20 tournament looks set to be limited due to national-team duty.
But the franchise have deferred definite decisions on both positions.
"We have got some fine candidates to choose from for the role of captain," team chief executive Joy Bhattacharya said.
"But first we have to decide on the coach and then the composition of the team.
"The decision on captaincy will be made last.
"All decisions will be made by the end of the month (August)."
Former India coach John Wright is believed to be among the candidates to coach the team, although his current employers New Zealand Cricket have refuted the claim.
Former Pakistan coach Richard Pybus is also thought to be on the list of possibilities along with former India wicketkeeper Chandrakant Pandit.
The team management have planned a series of meetings to help the squad "find a way forward".
The iconic Ganguly will, however, play a significant part in the decision making process.
"As always, Sourav Ganguly will continue to play a major role within the franchise, specifically in putting forth a plan of action for the team to follow," Bhattacharya added.
"He will continue to contribute in making the Knight Riders a successful sporting franchise."