Is Buchanan milking the Kolkata Knight Riders?

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John Buchanan the former Australian coach -- who now operates as the Director of Cricket Operations for the Kolkata Knight Riders -- has already ruffled a few feather in India with his strange selection philosophies.

Buchanan who strives to be a step ahead of everyone else, announced that the Knight Riders will be fielding different captains in season two of the Indian Premier League.

The moves is a slap in the face for KKR skipper, the Prince of Kolkata, Sourav Ganguly.

The move to field different captains sparked an outcry from veteran Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar who has been at a war of words with Buchanan.

If you are trying to milk the cow for all it is worth, it's best you don't piss it off.

The story making the rounds is that Buchanan has been busy recruiting family and friends into staff and administrative positions. His son Micheal Buchanan has benefited immensely from his father's position as the Director of Cricket Ops.

It wont be long before the Indian media -- who idol worship Ganguly -- will be all over this story. Remember you heard it first here on island cricket.

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Buchanan is going to get the

Buchanan is going to get the boot. I hear Whatmore's dad may get the spot!!

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it was expected.

poor Sharuk. He screwed Knight riders.

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Come on, like the IPL isn't

Come on, like the IPL isn't about getting as much money as possible.

Firstly, with a name like that, they don't deserve to win anything.

Secondly, if Ganguly isn't leading the team well, Buchanan is within his rights to give the captaincy to someone else. I realize that Ganguly is one of these icon players, but it is silly to give them immunity.

The IPL is all about the glitz and the glamour, so might as well make Shahrukh Khan the coach.

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  Dav has done a wonderful

 

Dav has done a wonderful job in Indian National Cricket Academy.  No to forget he has done so much good to SLC.

KKR would benefit largely from Whatmore... SRK dont miss this gem... 

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 Gayle defends Buchanan after

 Gayle defends Buchanan after IPL axe

West Indies captain Chris Gayle said he had learned a "lot of good points" from working under John Buchanan after it was announced the Australian had parted company with the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Buchanan, a controversial coach, saw the Knight Riders side finish last in the eight team Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa, losing 10 of their 14 matches.

He has been accused by the likes of Australia great Shane Warne of over-complicating the game but Gayle, who had to cut short his stint with the Kolkata franchise to lead the West Indies on their tour of England, said playing under Buchanan had been a useful experience.

"Whenever you are around someone different, you tend to learn different things," Gayle told reporters at the Oval here on Thursday.

"Sometimes you can take it back to your country. It was something different for me and it was good," added Gayle, who is set to lead the West Indies in their World Twenty20 semi-final against Sri Lanka at the Oval on Friday.

"A lot of good points were made there. The experience was really good."

Earlier on Thursday, a statement issued by KKR co-owner Jay Mehta said: "Buchanan has informed the 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 from his contract with immediate effect."

The Kolkata team also failed to make it to the semi-finals in the inaugural IPL edition in India last year, when Buchanan was cricket manager.

"I would like to state that John is a great coach. He had a vision for Knight Riders and did not waver from this vision," said Mehta.

"Unfortunately, it has not brought the results that are so necessary to this franchise."

Buchanan is set for a coaching role with England ahead of the Ashes series against Australia.

He has been asked to work with England's player development programme, mainly the youth and the 'A' sides, and is due to talk to England head coach Andy Flower in the build-up to the first Ashes Test in Cardiff on July 8.

Buchanan, who had a successful eight-year stint as Australia's national coach, sparked a controversy ahead of this year's IPL when he floated the idea of having multiple captains in Twenty20.

Effigies of him were burnt in Kolkata by fans of former India captain Sourav Ganguly who believed the concept was meant to dilute the powers of their popular 'Prince of Kolkata'.

Buchanan is a coach who divides opinion.

In 1994-95 he guided Australian state side Queensland to their maiden first-class Sheffield Shield title. But his brief stint with Middlesex saw the Lord's based team plummet in 1998 to 17th in the 18-team County Championship, in the days before the tournament was split into two divisions.

He left the Australia job after the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies as elite cricket's most successful coach, with a winning record of 70 percent after becoming national coach in 1999.

 

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Kolkata sack Buchanan after

Kolkata sack Buchanan after disastrous season

Kolkata Knight Riders have ended John Buchanan's stint as coach after a disastrous IPL season in which the team finished last and was beset by a succession of controversies. Buchanan, who has been released from his contract, has a short-term coaching assignment with the England board coming up and he said he wanted to concentrate on his coaching and corporate consulting work.

http://www.cricinfo.com/ipl2009/content/story/409616.html

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