The penny’s finally dropped on John Buchanan. And with the Australian’s exit, Kolkata Knight Riders’ import policy — at least when it comes to coaches and support staff — too is likely to change. Not just that, even the captain could be replaced.
The names of Paras Mhambrey, WV Raman and Chandrakant Pandit, former India players-turned-coaches, are now doing the rounds. Former Lanka coach Dav Whatmore too was reportedly sounded out but because he has a contract with the NCA in Bangalore till the mid-2010, an Aussie for Aussie swap seems unlikely.
HT had reported that Buchanan could get the boot on May 20. On Thursday, team co-owner Jay Mehta confirmed it through a media release. “(John) Buchanan has informed Knight Riders that despite his hard work over the past two seasons, he has not achieved everything that he set out to ... We have amicably agreed that Knight Riders will release him with immediate effect,” it read.
Buchanan’s departure also means a majority of his support staff will go. “The team of coaches was picked by Buchanan. When he is not there anymore, the rest of that group will have to depart too,” a source said. Only physio Andrew Leipus and physical trainer Adrin le Roux are expected to retain their jobs.
Ditto with skipper Brendon McCullum. He was nominated at Buchanan’s behest and now Sourav Ganguly could regain his place.