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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  • testli5504537 on February 21, 2008, 5:52 GMT

    It’s now interesting to check the real strength of Buchanan.Anyday , Hyderabad or Chennai team is better than Kolkata team. If Buchanan can make Kolkata team winner despite its poor middle order batting strength, then cricket fraternity will accept that it was not just heavyweight players in Aussie side which spearheaded lifting of three world cup trophies, Buchanan's shrewd game planning and coaching was also an invaluable asset for Aussies. Cricket fans will watch with rapt attention how Buchanan works on team combination and handle's big names like Ponting, Sourav Ganguly and Shoib Akhtar and their bigger egos. Good to watch that once two finalist captains of 2003 world cup are now in same team (Ponting and Sourav) and then defeated captain sourav is leading Ponting ! Catchline for SRK-Sourav starred Kolkata team ? Dada & Don ko harana mushkil hi nehi na mumkin hain !

    Saptarshi Editor & Co founder www.welovesourav.com

  • testli5504537 on February 21, 2008, 5:51 GMT

    Why are there no England players in the league. I would have thoughts names like Pietersen and Flintoff would have emerged..?

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