Kolkata Knight Riders pre-season training camp at Eden Gardens

In a pre-season training, players of the Kolkata Knight Riders will assemble at the Even Gardens next week even as they are yet to announce the names of the coach and captain.

The Knight Riders captain in the inaugural edition, Sourav Ganguly, who is expected to be re-instated at the top post, will attend the camp along with his Bengal teammates like Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Wriddhiman Saha to train under former Team India physio Andrew Leipus.

“It’s not a camp actually…rather it’s a pre-season training to check the players’ fitness,” KKR CEO Joy Bhattacharya said.

Asked who will attend the training, Bhattacharya said the players who are available will take part.

Away from fitness regime after quitting international cricket, Ganguly has begun training at Eden Gardens on Friday.

Knight Riders had a marathon meeting at principal owner Shah Rukh Khan’s residence in Mumbai on August 4, although the decision on naming their new captain and coach did not come.

According to team sources, Knight Riders management were scanning a list of candidates for the job of the coach with New Zelander John Wright appearing to be the front runner.

“The fact that the Wright-Ganguly combination did wonders for Team India when they made the ICC World Cup final in 2003 is a positive aspect in their favour,” said the source.

There is also speculation of former coach of Pakistan Richard Pybus becoming coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The team think-tank has already made clear that Ganguly will continue to play a major role.

Knight Riders had finished last in last edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in South Africa earlier this year after the franchise was rocked by controversial multiple captaincy theory by John Buchanan who later had to part ways with the Shah Rukh-owned side.

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