Indian Premier League 2009 April 17, 2009

McCullum replaces Ganguly as Kolkata captain

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New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum will lead the Kolkata Knight Riders for the second season of the IPL, which begins on Saturday in South Africa. He has replaced former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who led Kolkata during the first season of the IPL.

Ganguly said he was "okay" with the decision. "I'll play as an ordinary player and support McCullum in whatever way I can," he told the Kolkata-based Telegraph. "Shah Rukh has spoken to me and he's given Buchanan everything he wanted, including the captain, and stated that there could now be no excuse for not performing."

The move has cleared some doubt regarding the multiple-captain theory proposed by Kolkata coach John Buchanan. The team had been using different captains in each of their practice games in South Africa, but it is now clear the strategy has been done away with.

"Prior to coming here there was obviously some speculation about the multi-captains," Buchanan said. "We've appointed Brendon, who is very happy about it. He has the support of Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge and Chris Gayle as senior members and obviously Matthew Mott as team coach."

McCullum will also keep wicket and open the batting. "I'm immensely proud to have been named Kolkata Knight Riders captain. It's a tremendous honour," he said."We've got some quality players in our line-up and I will be looking to use the skills and expertise of Sourav, Brad and Chris throughout the tournament.

"I don't know how it looks from the outside, but Sourav has been extremely supportive of my role in Kolkata Knight Riders, right from the inaugural season," McCullum wrote in his column for Times of India. "He is an icon who has always had a way with younger players and it is wonderful to watch how they respond and react to him. I am sure that Sourav will be one of the chief motivators for the youngsters in the group this year as well.

"As a unit, our expectations from him are high and we feel that he will now be able to express himself more freely as a batsman and of course he will be making huge inputs in planning and ideating."

Buchanan said the decision was taken in the best interests of the team. "I'm sure there'll be the odd objection to it, but hopefully the fans will understand that what we are trying to do is the best for them, the best for the franchise and the best for Sourav. We don't make these decisions lightly."

Ganguly is the third captain to have lost the captaincy after the IPL's first season. VVS Laxman was the first to go when the Deccan Chargers appointed Adam Gilchrist to lead the side, followed by Rahul Dravid making way for Kevin Pietersen at the helm for the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

Kolkata will play their first game against Deccan on Sunday.

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  • Gangagirl on April 20, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Yesterday goes to show you cannot just dump a captain and hope to carry on as usual. Whoever thought up the idea of getting rid of Dada contributed to yesterday's disaster. Get him back on board as captain as soon as possible and stop messing about with the Kolkata team. I want them to win this competition!

  • Nampally on April 18, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    It appears most of the IPL club owners do not like the Indian Captains. Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly all lost their captaincy to foreign players. I do not know whether Rajasthan led by Warne motivated the owners to go for a European origin captain. If so it must be a challenge for the other Indian origin captains like Dhoni, Tendulkar, Gambhir and Yuvraj to show that even Indian captains are capable of leading their teams to win the IPL. In 20/20 there is very small margin for errors and if the bowlers bowl at the right spots, the team wins. Captains need to know their players very well. Can an egotist like KP understand anyone else but himself? Similarly McCullum & Gichrist might be a great individual player but do they know any of their team mates as well as Ganguly or Laxman do? Also there seems to be a clash of personalities between Shah Rukh and Ganguly as well as Maliya & Dravid.I personally like the teams to be captained by the Indians who understand the local players better.

  • bakshi_rvs on April 18, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    What are u guys talkin bout?? ganguly was by far the best player for KKR last IPL! He had the highest no of runs and the best economy rate! Also i dont think KKR have enough domestic strength to replace Ganguly right now. I dont get why so many people criticize this guy without giving it a second tought!

  • nilpapu on April 18, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    I agree Saurav does not have much to give at least for T20 format of the game because of age and fitness he is having now. However the way Mr. SRK and the "buchibabu" (Buchanan) removed him it is pathetic. And one thing you can see from Mr SRK , he is dam bloody clever man . all advertisement and all crap bla bla he has done with Ganguly and he played same politics the way film starts gets films and remove other star. I think Ganguly should come back from SA

  • agniupadhyay on April 18, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    i think this season is the last t-20 season for him. he is a natural leader, so he may have had some problems with doing away with captaincy even after the slackeing reflexes and the worsening fitness. but perhaps this would help him to some of those carefree coverdrives and effortless sixes. his admirers would like to see them one final time. in such circumstances, it is better not to abuse him irrationally, even if one cannot respect this great, yes, great indian cricketer. a beautiful batsman, an effective bowler, a good catcher and a pathbreaking captain. may peace be upon him.

  • vladivostok on April 18, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    For all those iconoclasts that are pooling the maharaja, along with VVS, and dravid, your wits must have gone a wool gathering. Ganguly can pace his innings for a win in every form of the game. And remember when he didn't perform with the bat, the team continued to perform. Isn't that what a captain is supposed to be. Cocky? If he is why shouldn't he be. And by the way personally he is very humble. On the field its his air, and presence that makes the likes of pointing tremble, and bring out their worst ethics, in trying to preserve a draw, or sneak out a victory.

    But there is no point in preaching the haters. So all I say is "WAIT". Economically to a very poor decision, TV revenues - 2009IPL, TV/Spectator revenues - 2010 if held in India.

    Sharukh be rest assured your movies will take a hit, not that they were any good to begin with, but they at least pulled in a bunch of fools.

  • agniupadhyay on April 18, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    samavb! why are you so bitter about ganguly? to demonstrate dhoni's greatness, is it necessary to pull ganguly down? i dont think so. your comment has many a flaw. chapell by now had been criticized by all indian cricketers, and at that juncture chapell had enough clout to eject ganguly. ganguly had been the pioneering leader of a new age indian team, he was beyond parochialism, and was a popular captain. he had his share of controversies. but he was indeed a great player, who compromised his focus on batting to lead indian cricket out of betting controversies. and where did you know abut him being jealous of Sachin and Dhoni? dont make such rustic, baseless comments on cricinfo.

  • Jahan.MS on April 18, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    I don't think Dada become obsolete. He was being proved himself as one of the best Indian Captain at time. He has still lot more potential to contribute to the team. If we recall last year ICL, Basher was not in form or not even at the age to cope up with the T-20 format but who brought the team in a respectable Table although team was not equiped with the best possible players. Hence, where there is an abundance of players in the tent of KKR then he could really play a pivotal role. At the end, considering the situation it's better to retire with his Dada Image since some voices are rising. So, let it go with the multiple captain theory as the time is demanding.

  • ScorpionAwals on April 18, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Team Kolkata has no reputation without Ganguly. If SRK thinks that he is the Icon of the team, then he is wrong. He doesnt represent Kolkata or Cricket.

  • Jag-82 on April 18, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    well, a lot of people will lambast me ...but was'nt IPL suppose to be evrything Indian. Royals had Shane Warne as captain as it didnt had any great shakes player their, but all the icon players are great players no doubt. Laxman's removal is expected since he has never gone on to captain the national side, barring a couple of one day matches, but rest have all been proven and successful captains, specially Ganguly and Dravid. To remove them and replace with unproven captains is really a slap on the concept of calling the tournamnet INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE. Sachin has been an unsuccessful captain and he should have been the first one stripped of the captaincy, but he is resting on his laurels( which is expected). Once again as usual Indians follow the foreign diktats and company raaj of over 200 years some how is too deep rooted to be removed.

  • Gangagirl on April 20, 2009, 15:54 GMT

    Yesterday goes to show you cannot just dump a captain and hope to carry on as usual. Whoever thought up the idea of getting rid of Dada contributed to yesterday's disaster. Get him back on board as captain as soon as possible and stop messing about with the Kolkata team. I want them to win this competition!

  • Nampally on April 18, 2009, 16:25 GMT

    It appears most of the IPL club owners do not like the Indian Captains. Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly all lost their captaincy to foreign players. I do not know whether Rajasthan led by Warne motivated the owners to go for a European origin captain. If so it must be a challenge for the other Indian origin captains like Dhoni, Tendulkar, Gambhir and Yuvraj to show that even Indian captains are capable of leading their teams to win the IPL. In 20/20 there is very small margin for errors and if the bowlers bowl at the right spots, the team wins. Captains need to know their players very well. Can an egotist like KP understand anyone else but himself? Similarly McCullum & Gichrist might be a great individual player but do they know any of their team mates as well as Ganguly or Laxman do? Also there seems to be a clash of personalities between Shah Rukh and Ganguly as well as Maliya & Dravid.I personally like the teams to be captained by the Indians who understand the local players better.

  • bakshi_rvs on April 18, 2009, 15:56 GMT

    What are u guys talkin bout?? ganguly was by far the best player for KKR last IPL! He had the highest no of runs and the best economy rate! Also i dont think KKR have enough domestic strength to replace Ganguly right now. I dont get why so many people criticize this guy without giving it a second tought!

  • nilpapu on April 18, 2009, 14:36 GMT

    I agree Saurav does not have much to give at least for T20 format of the game because of age and fitness he is having now. However the way Mr. SRK and the "buchibabu" (Buchanan) removed him it is pathetic. And one thing you can see from Mr SRK , he is dam bloody clever man . all advertisement and all crap bla bla he has done with Ganguly and he played same politics the way film starts gets films and remove other star. I think Ganguly should come back from SA

  • agniupadhyay on April 18, 2009, 12:40 GMT

    i think this season is the last t-20 season for him. he is a natural leader, so he may have had some problems with doing away with captaincy even after the slackeing reflexes and the worsening fitness. but perhaps this would help him to some of those carefree coverdrives and effortless sixes. his admirers would like to see them one final time. in such circumstances, it is better not to abuse him irrationally, even if one cannot respect this great, yes, great indian cricketer. a beautiful batsman, an effective bowler, a good catcher and a pathbreaking captain. may peace be upon him.

  • vladivostok on April 18, 2009, 12:08 GMT

    For all those iconoclasts that are pooling the maharaja, along with VVS, and dravid, your wits must have gone a wool gathering. Ganguly can pace his innings for a win in every form of the game. And remember when he didn't perform with the bat, the team continued to perform. Isn't that what a captain is supposed to be. Cocky? If he is why shouldn't he be. And by the way personally he is very humble. On the field its his air, and presence that makes the likes of pointing tremble, and bring out their worst ethics, in trying to preserve a draw, or sneak out a victory.

    But there is no point in preaching the haters. So all I say is "WAIT". Economically to a very poor decision, TV revenues - 2009IPL, TV/Spectator revenues - 2010 if held in India.

    Sharukh be rest assured your movies will take a hit, not that they were any good to begin with, but they at least pulled in a bunch of fools.

  • agniupadhyay on April 18, 2009, 11:50 GMT

    samavb! why are you so bitter about ganguly? to demonstrate dhoni's greatness, is it necessary to pull ganguly down? i dont think so. your comment has many a flaw. chapell by now had been criticized by all indian cricketers, and at that juncture chapell had enough clout to eject ganguly. ganguly had been the pioneering leader of a new age indian team, he was beyond parochialism, and was a popular captain. he had his share of controversies. but he was indeed a great player, who compromised his focus on batting to lead indian cricket out of betting controversies. and where did you know abut him being jealous of Sachin and Dhoni? dont make such rustic, baseless comments on cricinfo.

  • Jahan.MS on April 18, 2009, 7:07 GMT

    I don't think Dada become obsolete. He was being proved himself as one of the best Indian Captain at time. He has still lot more potential to contribute to the team. If we recall last year ICL, Basher was not in form or not even at the age to cope up with the T-20 format but who brought the team in a respectable Table although team was not equiped with the best possible players. Hence, where there is an abundance of players in the tent of KKR then he could really play a pivotal role. At the end, considering the situation it's better to retire with his Dada Image since some voices are rising. So, let it go with the multiple captain theory as the time is demanding.

  • ScorpionAwals on April 18, 2009, 6:59 GMT

    Team Kolkata has no reputation without Ganguly. If SRK thinks that he is the Icon of the team, then he is wrong. He doesnt represent Kolkata or Cricket.

  • Jag-82 on April 18, 2009, 6:36 GMT

    well, a lot of people will lambast me ...but was'nt IPL suppose to be evrything Indian. Royals had Shane Warne as captain as it didnt had any great shakes player their, but all the icon players are great players no doubt. Laxman's removal is expected since he has never gone on to captain the national side, barring a couple of one day matches, but rest have all been proven and successful captains, specially Ganguly and Dravid. To remove them and replace with unproven captains is really a slap on the concept of calling the tournamnet INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE. Sachin has been an unsuccessful captain and he should have been the first one stripped of the captaincy, but he is resting on his laurels( which is expected). Once again as usual Indians follow the foreign diktats and company raaj of over 200 years some how is too deep rooted to be removed.

  • beaman on April 18, 2009, 6:35 GMT

    Time will prove Mccullum is a better captain than prince of Calcutta. well, I believe King Punjab or Chennai super king will life IPL trophy this year. and charm of IPL also get down after Aussie and Pakistani big players are not a part of this year ipl. my best wishes with Dhoni and yuvraj. go go Dhoni.

  • s.hamid on April 18, 2009, 6:17 GMT

    Twenty20 is altogether a different ball game, one has to have the basics right to survive in this form of the game, it is not important for one to be a graet performer in tests and ODIs to be a perfect choice for T20s, i think it is the right decision, the captain has to lead from the front and if you are not capable to carry a strike rate of 150, you are not even eligible to play this form of cricket.

  • cskbala on April 18, 2009, 6:13 GMT

    I think, KKR wants to have the liberty to leave off Saurav for few matches, if his performance is not satisfactory. This cannot be easily done, if he is the captain. And hence,I think they have striped him off his post.

  • VenkatMylavarapu on April 18, 2009, 6:11 GMT

    The person who commented above me said dat Ganguly is not great and he is jealous of Dhoni...but he should remember that it is in the captaincy of dat "Ganguly" only most of today's players like Yuvraj or Harbhajan or Zaheer came into limelight and are now leading Team Indida to victories...and please do remember that Ganguly is not a test player...Rather he's a classic and one of the greatest One Day players in the game's history....and he did not have enough chances to to prove himself in this shorter version only because it came at the fag end of his career...and please don't compare laxman and dravid to Ganguly..just see their one day averages and strike rates before you do so....

  • Anee.. on April 18, 2009, 6:08 GMT

    I cant agree with the comment made my Mr.Samavb.Ganguly is the captain,not Sachin who made the Indian team as one of the strongest side in world cricket.Our team had a time when Sachin falls-India loses the match.That was stopped after the emergement of young players under Ganguly.I think this is not a good move taken by the KKR to remove Ganguly as the case is different for Laxman & Dravid.But SRK has the right to make decision as KKR is the team owned by him.Anyways we can hope a better performance by KKR in IPL2.

  • visuviju on April 18, 2009, 6:06 GMT

    i just read a comment frm some one saying about gangulys arrogance i would like to add to it that srk is even bigger arrogant and his arrogance will dump this knight riders team i guess in last 3 certainly.

  • STRAIGHT_TALK on April 18, 2009, 5:50 GMT

    It is all right to change captains if that is considered good enough to win matches. However, the manner in which SRK has carried this out shows his true colours. He was aware of the outbursts and sentimental outpouring that would have occurred had he announced this decision in India. Ganguly as usual has been caught in a situation where he has to swallow the bitter pill. He cant walk away from the team and he also cannot resort to the politics to rally round the KKR team around him.

  • Fel_rocks_RD on April 18, 2009, 5:41 GMT

    As IPL, the captains should be Indian. The only non-Indian captain was Shane Warne and he won the championship for Rajasthan Royals. Laxman's replacement is acceptable as Gilchrist was a able deputy to both SWaugh and Ponting. Dravid has good tactical acumen. It is stated that when Shewag had decided to send a nightwatchman in, Dravid came out and batted in his customary No.3. Howvever, an ideal replacement for him would have been Kallis,Chanderpaul or Kumble. Kallis preferably as it is in RSA where he lead them in a test match recently when the Team Vice-Captain was also playing. Pietersen can't even captain England? Ganguly has been India's most successful captain till Dhoni came along. Dhoni hasn't lost a test match yet! The only suitable replacement for him at Kolkhata Knight Riders is Ricky Ponting! Another point to ponder: the most successful international captains 2day are Ponting,Dhoni and GSmith. Smith is the SA skipper and he is not even leading any IPL franchises!!!

  • sting54911 on April 18, 2009, 3:18 GMT

    Calcuttans will never forgive Shah Rukh. We will never forget, and never forgive.

  • Blazing on April 18, 2009, 2:49 GMT

    The initial reaction as an Indian is of anger, but SRK said it himself, "buy your team...." if you want to give suggestions. Also that XYZ have not played 20/20 ...I bet Buchanan has played 20/20 and so has SRK and that makes comment totally valid. Buchanan is a management person by birth I guess? SRK is a true blood Indian not in awe of white skin. Okay lets backtrack this is a game for the younger generation, can't argue that. The result of this wisdom will be visible to all in next few weeks. BTW SRK and Buchanan are not spring chicken either in their own respective fields I hope they will remember this wisdom as time will push them into history...

  • Cricketer4good on April 18, 2009, 2:36 GMT

    Ganguly should retire and leave the job to youngsters. and most of all whats a Test Cricketer doing in Twenty20. Didn't ring a bell? Laxman!!!! Deccan was the favourite last year at the start of IPL. But you know he had to adjust and all, he can't be blamed that he was the Captain. Afridi could never be a Test player, how can Laxman be a Twenty20 player. McCullum seems shaky though, I'm more in favor of Hodge Or Gayleee. At least they are proving that they can make some runs.

  • VenuKumarD on April 18, 2009, 2:23 GMT

    To be an Indian Its not easy to digest that our National Captian loose the captancy, But we have the faith on Ganguly that he helps Mcullum in the forthcoming IPL Matches and No doubt that Mcullum wil become the captain to his Country Cricket Team. He has the ability and now the blessings and the Great decision maker Gangulys support. Let us see the Ganguly's Role in the second season Of IPL.

  • Ashkap on April 18, 2009, 2:06 GMT

    Isn't bluffing lying? Shah Rukh Khan made Calcutta fans believe last week that Ganguly will remain the captain. He wanted to stop the protests against the team in India to avoid bad publicity. Now that the purpose is achieved,and he is outside India, he has shown true colors! I think the fans should stop supporting KKR for thinking that the fans can be fooled easily!

  • sammykent on April 18, 2009, 2:05 GMT

    What a great move. McCullum keeping wicket with Gayle most likely at first slip will make for great on-field leadership. Two aggressive, competent and senior players calling the shots in this format is ideal. Gayle and McCullum have the ability to win games in the first ten overs. Throw Hodge into the mix at three and you have the most explosive opening set up in the competition. I backed the Knight Riders last season and I think they are going to do much better this time around. McCullum is also an athletic and exciting keeper. There is not a ground big enough for Gayle and McCullum so the crowd in the back rows should get sme catching practice.

  • Arsalan660 on April 18, 2009, 1:19 GMT

    There is not a big deal to sack Gangully, Because already Dravid and Laxman being sacked as Captain. I think McCullum is a good one but I would prefer Gayle. But may be he is not chosen because he is not available for the whole season. Otherwise Gayle is better choice than McCullum.

  • iamgroot on April 18, 2009, 0:52 GMT

    Finally a good decision to remove Ganguly as Captain but Chris Gayle was far more sensible choice. It was always on cards. Just because he is born with silver spoon in his mouth and has loads of wealth doesn't mean he can show his " I-am-the-boss" attitude on others. If his past spat with Greg wasn't enough now one more controversy What is it with ganguly? Why is he so arrogant? Why does he always gets involved in some controversy or the other? For a while he was very jealous of Sachin because he was scoring tons of runs and accepted him later when he couldnt reach there and now he is jealous of Dhoni because he is breaking all records as excellent captain and it is Dhoni who is great not ganguly. Unfortunately people don't really know what "great" means and used with an arrogant and bossy attitude person like ganguly. Dhoni has proved with his performances and team management is behind him completely. Still fans don't realize Dhoni's greatness. Ganguly is "good player" only.

  • Munsta101 on April 17, 2009, 23:55 GMT

    Ganguly is past it. Kolkata are looking to the future. Gayle wont be playing all of the tournament as he has to play a series for West Indies in England. McCullum was the best choice. As for the backlash in India - who cares - this is the South African Premier League now!

  • utes on April 17, 2009, 23:52 GMT

    I think people should understand that there is nothing personal about it. It is just business. (a la Godfather) They should just stop blaming Buchanan and SRK. Sourav is a great player but evidently the team management thinks that McCullum can lead the team better. Lets see how he fares. Personally, I favor multiple-captain theory. That way, we can see who can handle the job better and eventually stake his claim if and when KKR reaches finals.

  • HowZatbro on April 17, 2009, 23:16 GMT

    McCullum will be a much better captain, why is Ganguly even playing, he is not a big shot player and cannot score in this format

  • seemakalim on April 17, 2009, 23:11 GMT

    I AM EXTREMELY SAD TO KNOW THAT THE POLITICS OF SHANE WARNE HAD PUT KAIF OUT OF 'RAJASTHAN,I WAS SUPPORTING 'RAJASTHAN LAST SEASON DUE TO KAIF BUT THIS YEAR NO,I REQUEST TO 17 CRORE SUPPORTORS OF KAIF, NOT TO SUPPORT 'RAJASTHAN'BECAUSE 'SHANE' IS PLAYING POLITICS THERE.SHAME TO SHANE AND THE OWNER OF RAJASTHAN TEAM.I REQUEST THE SOUTH AFRICAN AUDIENCE NOT TO SUPPORT 'RAJASTHAN TEAM'THANKS---FROM(ITALY)

  • ksk862 on April 17, 2009, 23:07 GMT

    SRK has proven how great an actor he is...He has insulted & dumped our National Hero.He used Ganguly to establish his franchise & now dumped him.I am sure history will repeat itself soon & SRK will be on the receiving end.Till then Good Luck & enjoy your time SRK.

  • gSarkar on April 17, 2009, 23:04 GMT

    Thats a good move. Now there is some hope of KKR making it to semis or final. Ganguly is a very slow and boring T20 player.

  • hemivar on April 17, 2009, 22:44 GMT

    This is great..we just need few more Aussies to run Indian teams and Cricket is over in India.

  • AlokSinghai on April 17, 2009, 22:40 GMT

    So whats happened to Buchanan's multi-captain theory? Was it just to create the ground to strip Sourav of his captaincy? If it was such an innovative idea why didnt John Buchanan didnt go ahead with it? It seems like a covert move just to move Sourav out of captaincy. Not that I have anything against Brendon or any other non-Indian player, its just that John Buchanan's method and approach seems to be fishy. I am sure a lot of people remember what Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne say about him. If he is such a great coach, why isnt any other Australian cricketer coming out in open and letting us know some of the 'great' things he has done as a coach? I am waiting for that.

  • heartofindia2050 on April 17, 2009, 22:35 GMT

    I recon that decision is on the both sides of a card. In India, there will be disputes, thus John announced this in RSA, while Ganguly can take a breather and focus on his batting. The toss was between Gayle and McCullum, but the toss went in the hands of a brave person. McCullum has a huge responsibilty in his hands. I hope he won't disappoint the IPL fans, or else........

    I'm hoping to see real T20 Cricket this IPL series.

    Cheers folks! IPL will be on in a few Hours!

    Enjoy the game! Live the moment!

  • Chirublue on April 17, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    A terrific batsman like McCullum should be allowed play with a free mind. I would never appoint him as Captain if I owned/coached the team.

  • dashe on April 17, 2009, 22:12 GMT

    Lets be completely honest here guys the conservative Captain is not perfectly suited to 20 20 cricket. You need an extrovert someone even a little hyper Afridi, McCullum, Warne, Mascharanes etc. will make good 20 20 captains. I am an Indian and I adore the prince of Bengal but this is a great move from the KNR.

  • Lions1 on April 17, 2009, 22:11 GMT

    This is terrible Ganguly is a good captain and he did show it last year and many years as Indian captain comparing to the terrible choice of McCullum who has lost both 20/20s and the ODI he captained. It is very unlucky that Ganguly is being treated this way by cunning Australian coaches and the team management should think about this decision and take steps

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on April 17, 2009, 21:40 GMT

    Yeah, Ganguly should quit in protest. It would probably help the team as well.

    Jokes apart, there is no need to be touchy feely about the issue. Ganguly can be really useful with bat and ball and not having to make all the decisions might just ease the workload on him.

  • cricketsimpleton on April 17, 2009, 21:29 GMT

    surprise !!! Mccullum has a very poor track record as captain for newzealand itself. How can he captain a 70% indian team. Its good with the shared captain concept.. but mccullum!!! im afraid to say that its a very poor choice. Man!! instead of mccullum these guys could have selected some other player.

    But ganguly.. he should have shut his mouth after buchanan's decision. But he made a fuss. Now he is paying back. He has retired from cricket and why does he still want that captain position. Last time what he did. He had one of the best teams, still 6th position.He himself dint fire until that 90 odd inns in a league match.Accept the changes mahraj.

  • Mohammed_Nouman on April 17, 2009, 21:24 GMT

    I seriously Feel that the Indian Premier Leauge is nothing but a money spinning racket designed to fill the piggy banks of the BCCI officials. The initial press release by the officials claimed that the whole concept of IPL was to setup a platform for fringe players to showcase their potential and also to have internation experience by playing alongside other international players and gain valuable experience. But the moment IPL was launched it become a big money swindling business. Everyone was intrested in buying International players at a high rate and then using them as star attraction. Dangling them like carrots to catch the locals attention. Every team is only concerned about how many non indian players they can field and no one is bothered about the local talent. Except Chennai and Delhi no team has an Indian at the helm. Saurav's ouster is a classical case of luring the intrest of other international players to take part in the IPL at the expense of Indian Talent. SRK sucks!!!

  • rhaaj on April 17, 2009, 21:23 GMT

    KKR might end up winning the cup this year, but they have already lost a lot of fans like me.. I sincerely wish they finish last this season.

  • Ego_Buster on April 17, 2009, 20:47 GMT

    Dear East_Windsor, What is the need to say that buchanan is australia ? and then attribute dodgy back handed tactics ? I mean were you in the room when all this was being discussed ? These same so called tactics make them world champions. I am much happier when issues are discussed like this in the open. It s a dream to read all this being discussed in the press. Its called open communication ! Its called thinking out loud. Not being a egomaniac and making statements as if they've been etched in stone. If you think carefully it is very obvious that the only constant in the chappel episode and this buchanan episode, is one man - Ganguly dada.

  • spindokter on April 17, 2009, 20:40 GMT

    Why dont all you "Dada" fans just sit back and think whether all this undying support of Ganguly is really justified.

    Ganguly couldn't run when he was 25 and do you expect him to at 37? Lets just accept the fact that despite the disappointment, his glory days are over.

    I am a great fan of Dravid too, but 20-20 is not the game for guys in the mould of Ganguly and Dravid. They are always will be regarded as one of the greats who played the game, but justifying their past records for a role now is quite irrelevant. He might have been one of the best captains of the Indian team, but does not quite fit the picture of 20-20 player. If I were SRK or Buchannen I wouldn't even have him in the team.

    And when will Kolkata ever grow up and stop the ridiculous burning of effigies and posters of people for doing what is deemed best.

    -SD

  • RanjithsEleven on April 17, 2009, 20:37 GMT

    i don't see the point in removing saurav from captaincy.He is one of the best captains ever played from india.And who is this Maccullum avg 15.00 str 200...n what does he know about captaincy did he prove any thing about hi captaincy,i.e dirty sport politics by buchanan n SRK both guys shld be sacked first

  • Bang_La on April 17, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    Okay even if I am a Bangalee, I do not think Sourav is capable as a captain to lead a team in a tough series. Sorry friends.

  • ragzus on April 17, 2009, 20:29 GMT

    Well, whatever reasons Buchanan had to replace Ganguly, I think it is the correct decision. Ganguly is needed in the team to garner support from local fans. Apart from this I don't see Ganguly being a need from cricket point of view. It is also a quiet reflection that, may be, Indians are not good leaders, atleast in cricket - Ganguly, Lakshman, Dravid all were removed from the captaincy role. Is it because Indian cricketers are not good thinkers?

  • ramkrishna.ayan on April 17, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    Most Importantly ,This Team is named after "Kolkata" and The bustard SRK & Bukanon have insulted the Kolkatians with Sacking of DADA(Ganguly).I am sure it will be placed in 7-8 position this year.Although Ganguly will play asusual his innigs are.He is the greatest ODI Batsman ...Yeah I keep in mind Sachin ...But follow his career and it will be clearer....Sourav should quit the team after playing an Sauravian Knock.......

  • CiMP on April 17, 2009, 19:57 GMT

    Played in a foreign land, with all teams having foreign coaches, and now, half of the teams having foreign captains - what is still 'Indian' about the IPL? "inane" cd be a better explanation!

  • Vijay_P_S on April 17, 2009, 19:36 GMT

    Shows how franchise cricket is all about business and not about caring for people's emotions. I am sure millions of fans will be hurt with this news. IPL has become such a hit only because of die hard city loyal fans. These money minded people seem to overlook it so easily. I wonder what the long-term impacts are going to be like.

  • TellasisPatel on April 17, 2009, 19:17 GMT

    Unfortunately, IPL games will be played this year in South Africa and not India, so likes of SRK and Vijay Mallaya can get away with their ego trips and can afford to make fool of themselves. Money talks, but not always wisely!

  • Nathan.J on April 17, 2009, 18:49 GMT

    without DADA....let KKR go to hell!!!

  • bravepirate on April 17, 2009, 18:48 GMT

    I have nothing against McCullum. He is a great player and could be a great leader but what has Ganguly done to deserve this? He did exceptionally well as a batsman and even bowled some economical overs. I am a Singaporean living in Toronto and Ganguly was the only reason I rooted for Kolkata last year. Buchanan and his bollywood boss stand to loose a lot support from fans for this arrogant decision. I hope the Kolkata people boycott this team next year for insulting Ganguly like this.

  • ChilledBeer on April 17, 2009, 18:44 GMT

    hey amarta is that all you bengalis can do? bring up the son of calcutta lame slogan? agreed he is the only guy from Bengal who has achieved anything of note, in the whole of India. But he is past his prime and this is what he deserves . Have you ever thought why Ganguly is so arrogant and cant get along with anyone in his life? tired of fools like you posting nonsense on message boards

  • crazyguy on April 17, 2009, 18:36 GMT

    SRK promised in India that DADA is the Captain and will be the Captain.He even said without DADA there is no KKR.I just wonder whether SRK or Buchanan dared to do this had IPL been played in India.Anyhow I just wish Brandon and the KKR team all the best and hope DADA fires to calm this Aussie.

  • drsuso on April 17, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    Ganguly or Mccullum or Buchanan-- no one matters. A captain or coach is as good as his team.

  • harishg on April 17, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    Some highlights:

    * 13th overall high scorer of 2008 IPL edition and tops for KKR. Personally I can't forget that destructive match winning knock in the last game against Punjab. I was awe-struck. * 4th overall best economical bowler in 2008 IPL and tops for KKR. * Won two man of the matches.

    Sourav is still destructive.. Scored 61 in the warm-up game.

    So guys, even he is not the captain I 100% beleive that he will play to his best this time. Because whenever he was wounded he roared back like a champ. And that will happen this time too !!

  • SabinaPark on April 17, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Whats up with the Australians and their dodgy back handed tactics? If Buchanan didn't want Ganguly as the captain.. he could have said it right at the beginning instead of mucking around with 4-captain theory. Also, why wasn't the announcement made in Calcutta? Fear of public backlash? Hmm.. As far as the choice of captain is concerned, I saw McCullum take over in of the IND-NZ ODIs when Vettori had to take off for the birth of his son -- he made some very poor decisions, some tactical mistakes. Gayle would have been a better choice, IMHO.

  • QUDSI on April 17, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    nice move by Knight Riders.it was written long time ago that Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman are not suited for this format and Dhoni proved it by going with the young team in 20/20 world cup and sooner or later they will be stripped off from their status as a captains in their franchise teams.

  • amarta on April 17, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    SRK is showing his true colors now....when his show knights and angels needed to be promoted, he took sourav and posted him all over the place...to boost tv ratings...and now last min he has booted him and chosen mcallum..while i have nothing against brandon, this is a very painful insult to india's most successful captain...sourav should not take this lying down and should quit in protest..this is a insult to calcutta and its people...their favourite son is ridiculed like this...i m pretty sure kkr would end up being one of the last teams this season simply because of the amount of illwill it has generated..last year it was one of the most loved ones..I am a big fan of SRK but here he seems to have shown his true businessman face instead of following his heart which he proclaims that he does all the the time on tv.

  • cricketaholic on April 17, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    It's very unfortunate that seasoned campaigners like Ganguly, Dravid is being axed. Both McCullum and Pitersen has limited exposure to International Captaicy and now they are going to handle a bunch of international megastar who has already acclaimed fame as captains (Ganguly is by far India's greatest captain till the date). I'm not sure how this is going to help the team or Sourav. It'll be interesting to see how things go on for the Knight's from here on.

  • LUISITO on April 17, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    The best you can do to Ganguly is to put him off the captaincy. In the late 90's he was just a member of the indian team and was a far more humble person. once he was appointed the captain,he got carried away with the KING-MAHARAJA type status and lost the plot in his batting. He made a superb return as a 'player only' and had a great run till he retired. His 'ready to fight' and 'i am the boss' type of approach dosen't work if he is not the captain. Only Shahrukh Khan would have had the courage to remove him off the captainship. I am glad at this decision and i am sure this will make Ganguly perform better.

  • bonaku on April 17, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    OK.... let us see how good he is... it is unfair to treat ganguly like that...by far he is one the most successful captain for India.

  • Sri7 on April 17, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Well well well, Sourav goes from being the Captain to 'sharing captainship with others' to getting stripped of captaincy. Semms like a plan all the way. Agreed Sourav is not a great fielder, he never was. But he scored lots of runs last IPL and can still bowl. Its harsh that in team 'Kolkata' Knight Riders in a tournament named 'Indian' Premier League doesn't have the one cricketer who the Kolkatan's are really proud of an who captained India with such success. It would have been better of if Sourav was given another stint at captaincy and if he did not perform then removed from the post. Well what can one expect from a 'dancer for money' like Shahrukh. Hoped the Buchanan will atleast have better sense. I understand that Twenty20 is demanding and Sourav won't be around long; still its a shame the way Sourav is always treated. SRK can only pray that Kolkatan's forget this before IPL-2010 before 100,000 strong Eden Gardens crowd. Or perhaps Sourav will be removed from the team by then???

  • Dibyo_Basu on April 17, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    And why exactly. I mean McCullum is a great player and everyhting, but what has Ganguly done wrong for this sacking. That Buchanan guy should be instantly sacked with his crew.

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  • Dibyo_Basu on April 17, 2009, 16:39 GMT

    And why exactly. I mean McCullum is a great player and everyhting, but what has Ganguly done wrong for this sacking. That Buchanan guy should be instantly sacked with his crew.

  • Sri7 on April 17, 2009, 16:42 GMT

    Well well well, Sourav goes from being the Captain to 'sharing captainship with others' to getting stripped of captaincy. Semms like a plan all the way. Agreed Sourav is not a great fielder, he never was. But he scored lots of runs last IPL and can still bowl. Its harsh that in team 'Kolkata' Knight Riders in a tournament named 'Indian' Premier League doesn't have the one cricketer who the Kolkatan's are really proud of an who captained India with such success. It would have been better of if Sourav was given another stint at captaincy and if he did not perform then removed from the post. Well what can one expect from a 'dancer for money' like Shahrukh. Hoped the Buchanan will atleast have better sense. I understand that Twenty20 is demanding and Sourav won't be around long; still its a shame the way Sourav is always treated. SRK can only pray that Kolkatan's forget this before IPL-2010 before 100,000 strong Eden Gardens crowd. Or perhaps Sourav will be removed from the team by then???

  • bonaku on April 17, 2009, 16:51 GMT

    OK.... let us see how good he is... it is unfair to treat ganguly like that...by far he is one the most successful captain for India.

  • LUISITO on April 17, 2009, 17:08 GMT

    The best you can do to Ganguly is to put him off the captaincy. In the late 90's he was just a member of the indian team and was a far more humble person. once he was appointed the captain,he got carried away with the KING-MAHARAJA type status and lost the plot in his batting. He made a superb return as a 'player only' and had a great run till he retired. His 'ready to fight' and 'i am the boss' type of approach dosen't work if he is not the captain. Only Shahrukh Khan would have had the courage to remove him off the captainship. I am glad at this decision and i am sure this will make Ganguly perform better.

  • cricketaholic on April 17, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    It's very unfortunate that seasoned campaigners like Ganguly, Dravid is being axed. Both McCullum and Pitersen has limited exposure to International Captaicy and now they are going to handle a bunch of international megastar who has already acclaimed fame as captains (Ganguly is by far India's greatest captain till the date). I'm not sure how this is going to help the team or Sourav. It'll be interesting to see how things go on for the Knight's from here on.

  • amarta on April 17, 2009, 17:09 GMT

    SRK is showing his true colors now....when his show knights and angels needed to be promoted, he took sourav and posted him all over the place...to boost tv ratings...and now last min he has booted him and chosen mcallum..while i have nothing against brandon, this is a very painful insult to india's most successful captain...sourav should not take this lying down and should quit in protest..this is a insult to calcutta and its people...their favourite son is ridiculed like this...i m pretty sure kkr would end up being one of the last teams this season simply because of the amount of illwill it has generated..last year it was one of the most loved ones..I am a big fan of SRK but here he seems to have shown his true businessman face instead of following his heart which he proclaims that he does all the the time on tv.

  • QUDSI on April 17, 2009, 17:39 GMT

    nice move by Knight Riders.it was written long time ago that Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman are not suited for this format and Dhoni proved it by going with the young team in 20/20 world cup and sooner or later they will be stripped off from their status as a captains in their franchise teams.

  • SabinaPark on April 17, 2009, 18:02 GMT

    Whats up with the Australians and their dodgy back handed tactics? If Buchanan didn't want Ganguly as the captain.. he could have said it right at the beginning instead of mucking around with 4-captain theory. Also, why wasn't the announcement made in Calcutta? Fear of public backlash? Hmm.. As far as the choice of captain is concerned, I saw McCullum take over in of the IND-NZ ODIs when Vettori had to take off for the birth of his son -- he made some very poor decisions, some tactical mistakes. Gayle would have been a better choice, IMHO.

  • harishg on April 17, 2009, 18:21 GMT

    Some highlights:

    * 13th overall high scorer of 2008 IPL edition and tops for KKR. Personally I can't forget that destructive match winning knock in the last game against Punjab. I was awe-struck. * 4th overall best economical bowler in 2008 IPL and tops for KKR. * Won two man of the matches.

    Sourav is still destructive.. Scored 61 in the warm-up game.

    So guys, even he is not the captain I 100% beleive that he will play to his best this time. Because whenever he was wounded he roared back like a champ. And that will happen this time too !!

  • drsuso on April 17, 2009, 18:22 GMT

    Ganguly or Mccullum or Buchanan-- no one matters. A captain or coach is as good as his team.