Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will give the IPL’s second season auction a miss. He’s busy shooting for his next film and in Khan’s place, Kolkata Knight Riders’ team will be led by Bollywood actor Juhi Chawla’s husband Jai Mehta, an industrialist who has invested in the side, along with a team of advisors consisting of Joy Bhattacharya and Jeet Bannerjee.
The trio, with inputs from captain Sourav Ganguly, will have a lot of work to do in Goa on Friday. Five players from the Kolkata team were Pakistanis who will not be available this season.
In their absence, Mehta & Co will be left with the task of finding suitable replacements for the likes of speedsters Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul and batsmen Salman Butt and Mohammad Hafeez.
Khan said that his franchise will not bid for Kevin Pietersen, who happens to be the costliest player at the auction.
Even in case of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, those in the know of KKR’s strategy insist that the team will only go for Flintoff to a certain level and leave it at that if things don’t fall in place.