Ganguly dispels Kolkata fears
Sourav Ganguly insists Kolkata's failure to appoint a captain will not have an adverse affect.
Last Updated: 02/04/09 4:38pm
Sourav Ganguly insists Kolkata's failure to appoint a permanent captain will not have an adverse affect on the team's performance in 2009's Indian Premier League (IPL) season.
Knight Riders manager John Buchanan's preference for multiple leaders has caused somewhat of a stir in the camp.
Veteran left-hander Ganguly - a former India captain - has voiced his displeasure at the lack of a decision and held talks with the coach and team owner Shah Rukh Khan.
Despite failing to get his way, Ganguly is adamant the off-field drama will not have a negative impact on affairs on the pitch.
"I don't think the issue will affect the team," Ganguly said. "These differences are nothing new in sport. It has happened in the past and I'm sure it will happen in the future too.
"I think we need to put this behind and focus on the tournament. We all are professionals and when the tournament starts we all have responsibilities. We all have reputations to keep."
Looking ahead to the competition, Ganguly said he was glad the team would be based in Bloemfontein with the tournament now being staged in South Africa.
"Bloemfontein is a very good place," he said. "They say Bloemfontein has the best wicket in South Africa.
"Everybody had their chance to select a base camp and the reason why we chose Bloemfontein was because it's a lot more quiet."
The Knight Riders failed to qualify for the semi-finals in the inaugural edition of the Twenty20 tournament.
But with the likes of Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle in their arsenal they must surely harbour strong hopes of an improvement in 2009.