Despite retirement Ganguly in Shah Rukh’s scheme of thingsOctober 24th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS
Dubai, Oct 24 (IANS) As the curtains come down on former India skipper Sourav Ganguly’s international career after the Australia series, he will still have a major role in leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), said team owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. “Most of the team policies are decided by him (Ganguly’s) and we will all sit down with him and discuss where he stands and, inshallah, he will play as well for the Knight Riders as he did last season,” Shah Rukh told IANS here.
Shah Rukh said that his team will start the next season with a three-week camp in January ahead of the second edition of the tournament slated for May.
“In that pre-season camp, we will all sit down and Sourav will form an important part of that decision (making process),” Shah Rukh said.
In the first edition, the Knight Riders failed to make the semi-finals despite getting off to a good start.
On Ganguly’s retirement, the actor felt that great players could only decide when to go.
“I respect him too much. It’s an honour that he is a part of Kolkata Knight Riders. If Kolkata Knight Riders becomes a force to reckon with it will only be because of Sourav,” he said.
Shah Rukh also said that the management has already started planning for an improved show in the second edition of the IPL.
“We don’t want to disturb him (Ganguly) yet. We have started having meetings for the Knight Riders for the last five-six days and by January we will sit down with him and take his decisions into account,” he said.