Home > News >

IPL 2014: Kolkata Knight Riders to have ‘compact and manageable’ squad

Kolkata Knight Riders won the fifth edition of the IPL © PTI
Kolkata Knight Riders won the fifth edition of the IPL © PTI

Kolkata: Feb 6, 2014

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore on Thursday made it clear that the Shahrukh Khan co-owned franchise would like the composition of the squad for the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) to be “compact and manageable”.

“We want to keep our squad very compact to make it more manageable. It will be based on need. We will figure out the optimum size, keeping in mind the need for this year and the future,” Mysore said during a press conference at the JU (Salt Lake ground).

Predictably enough, Mysore did not divulge the franchise’s strategy ahead of the auctions in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.

“I don’t know, so we will wait and see. We have to balance it somehow and try and figure out what is the optimum formula keeping in mind of the auction.”

Mysore however did not give a very convincing answer as to why current India speedster Mohammed Shami was not retained by the franchise along with Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine.

“It is relevant to point out that we actually had signed him in 2011 before he came into reckoning. Shami has done a fantastic job, we are so happy for him,” Mysore answered.

KKR will have two Right to Match cards and they intend to wish it judiciously while terming the retention rules as a “punitive” one.

Without revealing plans for whom they would bid, the KKR CEO said, “Technically we have two joker cards and can pick any players who were with us. The other factor is price, it has to be appropriate.

“When you study the retention rules, you will realise that it has been made very punitive. You’re punished for retaining in a way. Because, teams who have gone for full retention have already lost 65 per cent of their salary cap,” he added.

“It will be very difficult to be active in the auction if you have already lost 65 per cent of the money. There is no right or wrong formula to this. But may be after the auction we will be able to say whether we can pat ourselves on the back or we made a mistake. We will wait for a week.”

Following the end of his England career, South African-born cricketer Kevin Pietersen was now a free player and Mysore said that they will be approaching the auction with an open mind.

“He’s a class player. We are trying to keep all our options open. We don’t have a mindset on any particular player. Everyone is in our option. That’s the trick. In every auction, there’s a surprise element. We have everyone in mind.”

There was a hint in his comments that the squad sizes will be reducing this year.

“The supply [number of players] has gone up and demand [required number of players] has gone down. It will be a very different auction this time around. We will go with an open mind,” Mysore said about the maximum squad strength being reduced to 27 from the earlier 33.

Though the IPL VII might clash with the Lok Sabha elections, Mysore hoped it would be staged in India.

“It is obviously linked to elections something we can do little about it. We’ll have to wait and see when the dates are out for more clarity. They are making every effort to play here.

“We’re hoping that it’s going to be business as usual. Our assumption is that it will be in India.”

Mysore said the IPL V triumphant team’s strength had been unity.

“We have been very fortunate to have a cohesive team. Not only as players but also officials… The atmosphere of the team has been brilliant,” he added.

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 20, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Kolkata

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Dubai

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at Cuttack

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 24, 2014 (03:00 IST)   at Mount Maunganui

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Dhaka

More

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 21, 2014  at Mount Maunganui

South Africa won by 6 wkts

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 17, 2014  at Dharamsala

India won by 59 runs

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 14, 2014  at Visakhapatnam

Match cancelled

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 12, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Australia won by 1 run

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 11, 2014  at Delhi

India won by 48 runs

Photos

India vs West Indies 4th ODI at Dharamsala

Videos

AB de Villiers speaks ahead of New Zealand ODIs

South Africa vs New Zealand 2014: 5 memorable matches

Yasir Shah: The new spinning sensation for Pakistan

Virat Kohli takes wicket with the first (0th?) ball of his T20I career

Kevin Pietersen’s autobiography — a litany of complaints with a few redeeming patches

Banning West Indian players in IPL can affect the ‘Brand value’ of the event – Will BCCI take this gamble?

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 BCCI India India vs West Indies India vs West Indies 2014 New Zealand Pakistan Salaam Cricket South Africa West Indies West Indies cancel India tour 2014 West Indies tour of India 2014 West Indies vs India West Indies vs India 2014

AB de Villiers, JP Duminy help South Africa trump New Zealand by 6 wickets in 1st ODI

Roshan Mahanama reaches 200 ODIs as ICC Elite Panel umpire

Pat Cummins set to return for Australia during T20Is against South Africa

Shane Watson desperate to make comeback

New Zealand restricted to 230 in 1st ODI against South Africa

Virat Kohli becomes fastest to 20 ODI hundreds

A Pakistan all-time XI: A galaxy of captains

James Neesham can provide more impetus to New Zealand’s weakened batting up the order

Virender Sehwag turns 36: Five most memorable innings of the Nawab of Najafgarh

New Zealand begin ICC World Cup 2015 preparations with 15 ODIs in store

Fan of the Day

Gautam Singh

Gautam Singh

474 Posts | 5 Fans

Video Highlights Mohammed Yousuf drops catch after watching a girl in bikini

अभिनेत्री हुमा कुरैशी ओरिफ्लेम की ब्रांड एंबेसडर

Has Bigg Boss 8 made Karishma Tanna the most hated person?

Pranab Mukherjee returns home after visit to Norway, Finland

Revealed: First look of Amitabh Bachchan-Farhan Akhtar’s Do!

7 reasons why having sex during pregnancy is great for your health

Videocon Infinium Graphite with gesture control feature launched, priced at Rs 10,499

Rupee up 19 paise against dollar in early trade

Twitter introduces Audio Cards to listen to music directly from your timeline

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here