It’s time to move on: GangulyApril 2nd, 2009 - 8:13 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, April 2 (IANS) With the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) management opting for the traditional single skipper system, Sourav Ganguly has decided to leave behind the multiple captaincy controversy and focus on the second edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It’s time to move on. Everybody is a professional. Everybody takes pride in performing,” Ganguly told reporters here Thursday.
“Last year we didn’t have a good tournament. This time we have to make up for it,” Ganguly said at a programme organised by team sponsors Nokia India.
The Shah Rukh Kahn owned KKR had plunged into a controversy after John Buchanan, coach and team operations manager, mooted the idea of multiple captaincy and made public his views at a joint media conference with Ganguly.
Buchanan announced Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Brad Hodge and Ganguly as the four skippers of the team.
Miffed at being removed from his coveted position as sole captain, Ganguly hit back with a series of interviews to the national television channels where he made obvious his opposition to Buchanan’s theory.
Two days back, the KKR management came out with a media release saying it would go for a single captain but the name would be decided in South Africa.
Asked why the team has decided on Bloemfontein as its base in South Africa, Ganguly said: “Basically it’s a quiet place. And it’s not a bustling city like Johannesburg and Capetown”.
Ganguly said team fitness trainer Adrian Le Roux, who is from Bloemfontein, also played a role in zeroing in on the city. “He has had a major say in deciding our base camp. He knows the conditions there at the ground and the facilities”.
Asked whether coach Buchanan was in sync with the selection of the base in South Africa, the left hander said: “Buchanan is a very important member of the think tank. But more than anything else, it is Le Roux’s view that the team management went by.”
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