IPL 2008 February 20, 2008

Buchanan for Kolkata

News is filtering in that John Buchanan has confirmed he will coach the Kolkata team in the IPL

News is filtering in that John Buchanan has confirmed he will coach the Kolkata team in the IPL. Buchanan said one of his main roles as franchise coach would be to blend different cultures into a team, AAP reported.

"I don't ever see that as a problem, once players merge together as a side you are actually trying to achieve a result," Buchanan said. "What will be interesting is that you will have Australian players, Indian players, New Zealand players, Sri Lankan players, Pakistani players ... and they could all end up in the one franchise.

"That will make for an interesting cultural exchange no doubt ... and that will be one of the exciting parts, bringing together cultural differences in a very short period of time."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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