Monday, March 30, 2009


A change of guard is in the offing in the Kolkata Knight Riders camp. Sources say Sourav Ganguly is unwilling to carry on as captain of the team and could step down.The man who is tipped to replace him is New Zealand's wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon MCCullum.The Knight Riders management has spoken to McCullum about taking over from Ganguly who retired from international cricket last year.McCullum had started the first season of the IPL with a bang, clobbering an unbeaten 158 of just 73 balls in the first match of the tournament against Bangalore Royal Challengers.And unlike Ricky Ponting, who has already opted out of the tournament, and Chris Gayle, McCullum is available for the entire tournament. But he has no previous leadership credentials.Kolkata's head coach John Buchanan had earlier suggested a radical theory for this season's IPL, indicating that the team could have different captains at various stages of the game.He had indicated the names of McCullum, Gayle and David Hussey, who, along with Ganguly, could lead the side according to his new approach to captaincy.Buchanan's intentions, however, has drawn criticism from various quarters although a reaction from the management is yet to come.

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