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KKR's last phase of coach screening tomorrow

With speculation growing over who will take over as coach of their IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders will have the last phase of screening the prospective coaches in Mumbai tomorrow.

cricket Updated: Aug 30, 2009 15:46 IST

With speculation growing over who will take over as coach of their IPL team, Kolkata Knight Riders will have the last phase of screening the prospective coaches in Mumbai on Monday.

Tipped to be back as captain for IPL III, Sourav Ganguly will join the team think-tank - Shah Rukh Khan and Jay Mehta - in Mumbai on Monday and the trio 'interview' former India coach John Wright, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram and former India batsman Pravin Amre.

Recently name of Sandip Patil, who was with the rebel Indian Cricket League and switched sides availing the Board's amnesty offer, too has cropped up in the long list of Knight Riders' probable coaches.

But as of now, Wright and Akram are the only high profile candidates in fray.

The duo are known for their closeness to Ganguly, though the New Zealander is unlikely to get the post as he does not have any experience of coaching Twenty20 side.

As for Akram, who has Twenty20 experience with Hampshire, may not take up the post on a full time basis as it would clash with his commentary assignments.

If the Pakistani great is roped in, there would be a different role, similar to that of a consultant that would not demand a full time availability, according to a source.

Ganguly has earlier said the decision will be taken by Shah Rukh and Mehta and that he would have a say.