Shoaib Akhtar up for sale: Buchanan

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Kolkata Knight Riders are in no mood to retain controversial Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar for the Indian Premier League's second season.

Updated: January 06, 2009 19:15 IST
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Kolkata Knight Riders are in no mood to retain controversial Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar for the Indian Premier League's second season and on Monday put him "up for trade" in the transfer window which is open till January 22.

"Shoaib is up for trade... We cannot have room for two pacers (that includes Umar Gul)," KKR coach John Buchanan told reporters on the sidelines of their first day's selection trials at the Eden Gardens on Monday.

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.

The World Cup winning Australian coach, however, said the team was happy with the controversial speedster's performance.

Asked whether Knight Riders might reconsider their decision, Buchanan replied: "In fact, I will think about Shoaib many many times. At the moment, he is up for trade. When he came here for a brief period he certainly made an impact as a bowler and as a player... that means that he is a potential good bowler, good try in 20-over cricket.

"However, at this stage, we have got him go as part of our line-up and I really don't see there is room for both in our make-up. Therefore, we opted to place Shoaib in trade list at this stage. Let's wait and see what happens next."

Shoaib played just three matches for the Kolkata team and missed a couple of games due to injury in the first edition of IPL where KKR missed the semi-final bus, finishing sixth out of eight teams.

The Pakistan pacer was bought by the franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan for a staggering Rs 1.7 crores and he picked up five wickets in the three matches during his brief KKR stint.

His inconsistent performances may fetch a lower price for the Kolkata IPL team.

Speculation is rife that Knight Riders are keen to swap Shoaib with a Delhi DareDevils player, possibly Bengal batsman Manoj Tiwary.

With two Pakistani players Shoaib Malik and dope-tainted Mohammad Asif on board, last year's semifianlist Delhi face an impending crisis in the wake of the current frost in Indo-Pak ties.

In the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attacks, the relations between India and Pakistan have hit an all-time low and as the franchisees put up players on the block for trading in the IPL, it's the Pakistani cricketers who are beginning to feel the heat.

There are 11 Pakistani players under IPL contracts.

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