McCullum to lead Kolkata
Brendon McCullum has been named the new Kolkata Knight Riders captain.
Last Updated: 17/04/09 6:31pm
Brendon McCullum has been named the new Kolkata Knight Riders captain after coach John Buchanan ditched plans to have multiple leaders.
The New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman, who launched last year's Indian Premier League season with an unbeaten 158 - the highest total in Twenty20 cricket, was a key member of the team in 2008.
Sourav Ganguly, known as 'The Prince of Kolkata', skippered the side disappointingly in their debut season as they failed to make it into the knockout stages of the tournament and Buchanan has therefore turned to McCullum.
"Prior to coming here there was obviously some speculation about the multiple captains," Buchanan said.
"We've appointed Brendon, who is very happy about it. He has the support of Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge and Chris Gayle as senior members and Matthew Mott as coach.
"I'm sure there'll be the odd objection to it. But hopefully the fans will understand that what we are trying to do is best for them, best for the franchise and best for Sourav.
"We don't take these decisions lightly."
McCullum expressed his excitement about his new role and said the Riders were well placed to push for glory this season.
"I'm immensely proud to have been named Kolkata Knight Riders captain," said the New Zealander. "It's a tremendous honour.
"We've got some quality players in our line-up and I will be looking to use the skills and expertise of Sourav, Brad and Chris throughout the tournament.
"We've trained hard and put big expectations on ourselves and we hope to deliver and push the boundaries towards the end of the tournament, and hopefully be in the semi-finals and final."