IPL 3: Dada to lead KKR

Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009, 11:59 [IST]
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IPL 3: Dada to lead KKR

New Delhi: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is likely to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in the third edition of the Indian Premier League.

Sourav Ganguly back as a captain due to skipper Brendon McCullum's non-availability, according to sources on Saturday.

Ganguly led in the inaugural tournament in 2008, but was controversially replaced in 2009 by Brendon McCullum - a decision that the then coach John Buchanan made.

It has been learnt that Sourav Ganguly and franchisee owner Shah Rukh Khan have discussed KKR captaincy in London.

Ganguly met Shahrukh Khan in England when he was there to watch the ICC World Twenty20 Championship, and they discussed about captaincy as well as appointment of the new coach of the team for the next season of the twenty20 tournament.

According to sources, the KKR management will like to announce the decision later in the middle of August once the new coach is appointed. Though team management prefers Dave Whatmore for the job, Ganguly prefers India's former coach John Wright.

With Brendon McCullum finding it tough to inspire his struggling team, former cricketers also felt Sourav Ganguly should have been handed back the captaincy of the side.

The decision has come about because the two other best suited candidates for captaincy - Brendon McCullum and Ricky Ponting - will both be on national duty, since New Zealand and Australia are slated to play each other during the IPL.

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