The focus will be on home-grown talents as 45 youngsters face the scrutiny during a three-day Kolkata Knight Riders camp beginning at Eden Gardens on Monday.
Having already stressed on young talents, coach John Buchanan chalked out their plan with KKR captain Sourav Ganguly and then inspected four practice pitches at the Eden Gardens.
Over the next three days, the young Indian talents which include star sons Mohammad Ashaduddin, Shatrunjan Gaekwad and talented youngsters like Ishank Jaggi, Basant Mohanty, will go in for rigorous training.
According to KKR sources, Buchanan and Co will select three teams from the 45-member probables. The pick of the lot will figure in the Kolktata Knight Riders’ scheme of things in the second Indian Premier League edition. There will be second string KKR side, while the talented bunch who failed to make the cut will be roped in for their academy.
Asked whether KKR is focussing on Indian youngsters in wake of the cloud over Pakistani players after the prevailing situation, Buchanan said: “You never know what happens next. Still, there’s a lot of time left for IPL and you never know what happens.”
After the series boycott in Pakistan post-Mumbai attack there was an air of uncertainty over KKR’s getting its Pakistan recruits like Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul.
The first day will see the probables do some rigorous batting, bowling and fielding practice. In the last two days, the players divided in three sides will play practice matches.
Kolkata Knight Riders, one of the franchises of the eight teams that took part in the inaugural IPL edition, had a disappointing outing failing to make the semi-finals and finished sixth.