IPL news August 1, 2009

'No decision yet on Kolkata captain' - Shah Rukh

Cricinfo staff

Shah Rukh Khan, joint owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders, has said that the franchise hasn't finalised either its captain or coach for the 2010 season. He said the decisions will be taken during a series of meetings between August 4 and 15.

Media reports over the past week suggested Sourav Ganguly could lead Kolkata next season, with former India coach John Wright taking over as the coach.

"We will be meeting on August 4 and that's when all decisions on coach, captaincy and hopefully a formula for winning at least some of the matches next year would be worked out," Shah Rukh said. "Nothing has been decided, neither the coach nor the other things I read about in papers. The whole team would be meeting for the first time post IPL on August 4 and it's a series of meetings till August 15."

Kolkata had an abysmal 2009 season, finishing bottom of the table with only three wins in 14 games. John Buchanan, who coached them in both seasons of the IPL so far, was subsequently sacked.

Ganguly had been at the helm in 2008, but was replaced by New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum for this year's campaign. McCullum's appointment came after a great deal of controversy following Buchanan's theory of multiple captains, which the team did not ultimately implement.

There was also intense speculation in the Indian media of team disharmony after Ganguly was stripped of the captaincy, with at least one player suggesting the team would have done better under Ganguly.

Also, McCullum will miss a portion of the next IPL season due to international commitments.