Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders has put its controversial Pakistani pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar up on sale during the transfer window of the Indian Premier League's second season.
During the month-long transfer window, the eight teams can trade players among each other before submitting a final list by 22 January.
KKR coach John Buchanan announced in Kolkata, “Shoaib is up for trade. We don"t have room for both Umar Gul and Shoaib in the pace department." Former Australian coach, however, said the team was happy with the speedster's performance in the first season.
Shah Rukh Khan, the owner of KKR team, had purchased Akhtar for $425,000. However, Akhtar played just three matches out of 14 in the inaugural edition of the IPL.
Many players are being put on sale by their respective franchises with the trading window closing on Janaury 22.
The eight franchises will have opportunities during the trading window to trade players either by offering to sell a player or by expressing an interest to acquire one.