Kolkata: Its official now, Kolkata Knight Riders management on Thursday made a formal announcement of sacking its controversial Australian coach John Buchanan.
Franchise co-owner Jay Mehta said in a statement that the Aussie has been released with "immediate effect".
"(John) Buchanan has informed Knight Riders that despite his hard work over the past two seasons, he has not achieved everything that he set out to and has not been able take the franchise into the future as per his vision for this team. We have amicably agreed that Knight Riders will release him from his contract with immediate effect," Mehta said.
The KKR management refrained from using any harsh words and instead, wished Buchanan success in his future endeavours.
"I would like to state that John is a great coach. He had a vision for Knight Riders and did not waver from this vision."
“Unfortunately, it has not brought the results that are so necessary to this franchise. Knight Riders would like to wish him every success in his future wherever that may take him," Mehta said.
With Buchanan out, names of former Sri Lankan and Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore was doing round for the vacant coachs job even though the NCA chief maintained that he was "employed with BCCI".
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh and Michael Bevans names are also said to be in contention.