Pietersen replaces Dravid as Royal Challengers captain (Lead)

March 22nd, 2009 - 12:59 am ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, March 21 (IANS) Rahul Dravid was Saturday removed as the captain of Bangalore Royal Challengers IPL Twenty20 cricket team and replaced by former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, who will lead the team in the second edition of the IPL.
The decision to replace Dravid was taken in consultation with him, Challengers owner Vijay Mallya told reporters late Saturday.

Pietersen will also not captain the side for the entire tournament, as he has other commitments at the end of April. In his absence Jacques Kallis - the Challengers’ vice captain - of South Africa will lead the team, Mallya said.

Dravid is currently playing Tests in New Zealand.

“The decision was taken after consultation with Rahul Dravid. It was not an easy decision,” Mallya said.

Dravid may not also play the entire tournament as he and his wife are expecting their child, the Challengers owner said.

He said the decision to appoint a new skipper was based on “player’s availability during each phase of the tournament, flexibility in selection of playing squad during the phases, and, the fact that Dravid will not be available due to personal reasons for the entire tournament.”

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