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 in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Ind vs Aus: Dhoni analyses the 4-wicket loss at Brisbane

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

Live Cricket Score Ranji Trophy 2014-15, Round 3, Day 2 — All matches: Yuvraj Singh scores 2nd century in his 2nd Ranji game this season

Shahid Afridi, please do not take the innocence away from cricket

South Africa vs West Indies 2014-15: Is Jason Holder a captain or a stooge?

Can Eoin Morgan change England’s limited-overs fortunes?

Anil Kumble Australia India Interviews Moments in history Ricky Ponting

Alastair Cook participates in World Darts Championships following World Cup axe

South Africa not worried about Test rankings, says Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla

Younis Khan: Was not easy to make name under Saeed Anwar, Basit Ali, Rashid Latif and Moin Khan

ICC World Cup 2015: Punter ejection in Big Bash League puts organisers on high alert

India vs Australia 2014-15: DRS can be used in event of “howlers”, says Ravi Shastri

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2014-15: Can New Zealand benefit from Kane Williamson’s captaincy in Tests?

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane: Mitchell Johnson’s performance in 2nd Test has ominous signs for India

South Africa vs West Indies 2014: Chance for Rilee Rossouw to make his mark

Akshar Patel picked far too early for Test cricket

ICC World Cup 2015: Will India’s trend of performing against expectations continue?

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

683 Posts | 6 Fans

Mitchell Johnson's 37 wickets against England in Ashes 2013-14

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here