Kolkata Knight Riders pre-tournament camp begins on Feb 27

The Kolkata Knight Riders will start their preparation for the third Indian Premier League with a pre-tournament camp beginning on Saturday.

“Our players were busy with domestic commitments for the entire season. Now it is time to assemble and tune up ahead of the IPL,” Knight Riders CEO Joydeep Bhattacharya said.

“Shah Rukh will be coming on March 3 and the camp will be conducted under the supervision of coach Dav Whatmore, (mentor) Wasim Akram and (captain) Sourav Ganguly,” Bhattacharya said.

Players will join the camp depending on availability as it will continue till the IPL begins on April 12, Bhattacharya said.

Asked about the availibility of foreign players including their new recruit Shane Bond who is at present busy with New Zealand’s home series against Australia, he said, “They are expected, depending on their availibility.”

The 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan coach, Whatmore, is already in town, while Akram will join the side on March 2.

The availability of Ganguly, who is representing Bengal in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, depends on the team’s progress in the National one-dayers in which they face Karnataka in the semi-final at Vadodara on Saturday.

The side will also have support staff in Vijay Dahiya (assistant coach), Andrew Leipus (physiotherapist) and Adrian le Roux (trainer).

KKR will open their campaign against reigning champions Deccan Chargers in the inaugural match of the third edition of the IPL at DY Patil Grounds in Mumbai on April 12.

The Kolkata side had a forgettable, controversy-ridden last edition where the side finished last and then coach John Buchanan was sacked.

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