Notwithstanding the Knight Riders’ low standing in the IPL 2 season in South Africa, John Buchanan is at it again. This time it has to do with the number of internationals players in the playing XI.
Director of Cricket Operations for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Buchanan has slammed the IPL’s policy to have only four foreign players in the team. According to him, this has led to using up all the international batsmen such as Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Brad Hodge and leaving no place in the eleven for the likes of Bangladesh’s Mashrafe Mortaza that the KKR team bought for a dizzying amount as well as Sri Lanka’s latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis.
KKR currently languishing at the bottom of the table and there is little they seem to be able to do to turn around their fortunes. But what Buchanan does not realize is that the IPL is the ‘Indian’ premier league so, it has an obvious promotion for the youngsters in India to play in a predominantly Indian team and also of the fact that despite having the big guns including Sourav Ganguly, the KKR team have not been able to bat out the opposition in blazing fashion as McCullum did in last IPL’s lung opener. With the batting not firing, it would only put more pressure on their foreign bowlers.
With Chris Gayle leaving for England, perhaps the KKR should try experimenting a little given that they have nothing more to lose.