I came to know of Buchanan’s idea from media: Ganguly (Second lead)

March 26th, 2009 - 12:59 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 25 (IANS) Apparently taken aback by Kolkata Knight Riders cricket operations director John Buchanan’s proposal for multiple captains, Sourav Ganguly Wednesday night said he first came to know of the idea from the media and wondered why he was always at the centre of controversies.
Expressing his annoyance at the snowballing issue triggered by Buchanan’s proposal which unseated him as the sole captain of the KKR in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) beginning April 18 in South Africa, Ganguly said: “During my long years in cricket, I have never seen such a thing (multiple captains). I am waiting to see how it shapes up.”

“Yes, I am mostly annoyed at the latest controversy. My family members have been taken by surprise. They are asking how such things happen (to me) all the time,” Ganguly said in an interview to Bengali news channel Star Ananda.

Asked who would be the main skipper of the team if there were four captains, Ganguly replied: “Can’t say, only Buchanan can.”

On the controversy escalating after his joint media conference with Buchanan earlier in the day, Ganguly said: “I was asked by the KKR management to attend the meet. I knew this will happen. But if they ask me I have to go.”

Ganguly said Buchanan had never discussed his ideas on the captaincy issue before spelling it out to the media. “I first came to know of it from the media couple of days back.. Then yesterday (Tuesday) he spelled it out to me.”

To a query whether it was proper to make the coach all-in-all in cricket, Ganguly said: “It’s difficult for me to speak my heart out on this. It won’t be proper. But what I am hearing is something unprecedented. I can’t say what situation will unfold if there are four captains.”

Attacking KKR Chief Executive Officer Joy Bhattacharya, Gangulys said: “He has gone to Mumbai after arranging the press conference. Let him come back. I will ask him why the media meet was organised.”

Earlier in the day, Ganguly reluctantly agreed to Buchanan’s proposed rotation of captains, and said the team would try it out in South Africa.

“He is the coach. These are John’s plans. We will go by them and we all have to deliver on the field. That’s how the sport goes,” said Ganguly, arguably India’s most successful captain, after Buchanan unveiled his plans for multiple captains during KKR’s second IPL engagements.

“My job is to get runs and take wickets. I will stick to that,” said Ganguly.

Buchanan dropped a bombshell three days back, saying the leadership issue was still to be decided.

And Wednesday, the Australian said he had planned to rotate the captaincy with players like Ganguly, Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Brad Hodge in the side.

“There will not necessarily be a fixed captain in the team. We have not nominated a captain so far. It’s still open. We are also looking at someone to lead the team even when he is off the field.”

“We have a lot of high-calibre players in the side. There are several experienced players. We are going to use the experience of all of them for the benefit of the team,” Buchanan told the media at the Eden Gardens here with Ganguly, who led the KKR in the first edition of IPL last year, by his side.

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