Kolkata axe Ganguly

Brendon McCullum has replaced Sourav Ganguly as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders.

Knight Riders coach John Buchanan said the late change won’t affect the team dynamic.

‘Prior to coming here there was obviously some speculation about the multiple captains,’ Buchanan said. ‘We’ve appointed Brendon, who is very happy about it. He has the support of Sourav Ganguly, Brad Hodge and Chris Gayle as senior members and Matthew Mott as coach.

‘I’m sure there’ll be the odd objection to it. But hopefully the fans will understand that what we are trying to do is best for them, best for the franchise and best for Sourav. We don’t make these decisions lightly.’

The Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman said the appointment was an honour.

‘We’ve got some quality players in our line-up and I will be looking to use the skills and expertise of Sourav, Brad and Chris throughout the tournament,’ said McCullum.

‘We’ve trained hard and put big expectations on ourselves and we hope to deliver and push the boundaries towards the end of the tournament, and hopefully be in the semi-finals and final.’