KKR to leave for South Africa without captain

Published: Tuesday, March 31, 2009, 10:55 [IST]
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KKR to announce captain, squad in SA

Kolkata: It"s a normal practice for any team going abroad to announce the squad and captain before leaving the shores, but the Shah Rukh Khan-owned Indian Premier League is breaking all conventions this time.

Kolkata Knight Riders will announce their captain and squad for the IPL's second season in South Africa and not in India.

"I don't want to disclose the names of the players who would be going to South Africa now as we want to keep all options open," Joy Bhattacharya, Kolkata's team director, said after the conclusion of a six-day training camp at the Eden Gardens. "We might take the whole squad which took part in the conditioning camp to South Africa. Nothing has been finalised right now. The final team for KKR would be announced in South Africa."

John Buchanan, Kolkata's director of cricket operations, had already sparked speculation with his revolutionary theory of doing away with a fixed captain and instead have four or five leaders through the tournament. Kolkata had been led in the first season by their 'icon' player, Sourav Ganguly, who is not fully convinced by Buchanan's multiple-captain theory.

Kolkata's players will leave for Bloemfontein in batches, with the first lot flying out on Tuesday evening for the tournament which kicks off on April 18. Ganguly is expected to leave for South Africa on April 5.


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