Ganguly ridicules Buchanan's multiple captain theory

Updated: 26 March 2009 13:24 IST

Sourav Ganguly ridiculed John Buchanan's idea of having "rotating captains" for the KKR in the second edition of IPL, saying "I can also ask for

Ganguly ridicules Buchanan's multiple captain theory

Kolkata:

Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday ridiculed John Buchanan's idea of having "rotating captains" for the Kolkata Knight Riders' team in the second edition of IPL, saying "tomorrow I can also ask for four coaches".

Ganguly, who led the KKR team in the inaugural IPL season but is apparently being sidelined by Buchanan this year, said the situation had not got down to the stage that one should be thinking in this particular way.

"Tomorrow I can jump out and say we need four batting coaches, four John Buchanans and Shah Rukh Khan can say we need six Andy Bichels," Ganguly said.

"These are all opinions, these are the way they are thinking how Twenty20 cricket can be played. We'll have to wait and see because it's completely new, it has never happened in sports," Ganguly told 'NDTV'.

Asked if he felt insulted by Buchanan questioning his leadership by proposing the multiple captain theory, Ganguly said "I really don't find anything in these words which will really bother or upset me. It's a plan, the way he wants to play Twenty20 cricket."

"I think it's his (Buchanan's) idea, he wants to do that. We've to wait and see whether it actually happens in the team or not. It's too premature to say anything on that because he feels that's the way Twenty20 cricket should be played," he said.

Ganguly denied there was any rift in the dressing room and said the team did not do well last year because they lost many players.

"It was fantastic and we enjoyed last season of IPL. We din't do too well as a team because we really didn't have a team last year. Players kept coming in and going away," he said.

"The way (Ricky) Ponting, (Brendon) McCullum went halfway though the season Chris Gayle, who we banked a lot upon didn't even play a game because he was injured, (Brad) Hodge we got him as replacement in two games but he was picked for Australia. We wanted players we were available for full season and hopefully the performance will be better this year." Ganguly dismissed the notion he and Australian coaches did not get along well.

"Nothing is final yet, so I'll I will really not jump and say it's a bad news... As he said at the press conference (earlier in the day) that he will take the decision so definitely he will be answerable. I am sure he also wants to win just the way I want to," he said.

On IPL in South Africa, Ganguly said "oh yes, it cannot be Calcutta because the euphoria and atmosphere is completely different. But there wasn't any choice. It's going to be a learning process for many young players who have not been to South Africa ...it's a different ball game out there," he said.



Topics : Cricket Bengal Sourav Ganguly Amit Mishra Rahul Dravid Pragyan Ojha Harbhajan Singh
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