Indian Premier League 2009

Ganguly not fully convinced by Buchanan theory

Cricinfo staff

March 26, 2009

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Sourav Ganguly is all smiles after his arrival at the airport, Kolkata, November 12, 2008
Sourav Ganguly: "All I can say is that I was not consulted on this. Frankly, it's a new concept. It may work, it may not" © AFP

Sourav Ganguly has made it clear that he is not completely convinced about John Buchanan's multiple-captain theory for Kolkata Knight Riders, the IPL team he led last year. Ganguly claimed that he was not consulted about the plan and said he doubted whether other players in the team were aware of the new theory.

On Wednesday, Ganguly had said at a press conference that he was not upset with Buchanan's plans that would drastically dilute his powers as a sole captain. But later, the former India captain indicated in interviews that he did not fully back the idea.

"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 told NDTV. "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 said that he came to know of his team coach's plans through the media. "On Tuesday, John mooted the idea to me," Ganguly told Times of India. "All I can say is that I was not consulted on this. Frankly, it's a new concept. It may work, it may not. There are no guarantees in sport."

Ganguly, who retired from international cricket last year, said he hoped to discuss the concept with the other international players in the squad, including Chris Gayle and Brendon McCullum, before the IPL starts in South Africa on April 18. Buchanan has identified Gayle, McCullum, Brad Hodge and David Hussey as the potential leaders in the side, apart from Ganguly.

"Frankly speaking, I doubt whether the likes of McCullum or Gayle too would have heard about such a concept," Ganguly said. "I am sure it will be new to them. At least, I have never been part of a team with four captains. We all need to first find out how it works."

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