The KKR side, however, were dealt a major blow after their star recruit New Zealand's Trent Boult    AFP
The KKR side, however, were dealt a major blow after their star recruit New Zealand’s Trent Boult AFP

Kolkata: Two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will start their preparations for the tenth edition of the cash-rich cricket league from Saturday. The KKR side, however, were dealt a major blow after their star recruit New Zealand’s Trent Boult recently sustained an injury during the Kiwis ongoing Test series against South Africa at home. The left-arm seamer who was roped in by KKR for a whopping five crores failed to recover in time from the groin injury that forced him out of the second Test, won by the Proteas in Wellington last weekend. Meanwhile, skipper Gautam Gambhir is slated to join the men in purple on Monday. Shah Rukh Khan-owned KKR issued show-cause notice by ED

The likes of Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Rajpoot and Sayan Ghosh will assemble on Saturday along with assistant coach and former Australia southpaw Simon Katich. Head coach Jacques Kallis will join the side later due to personal reasons, it was learnt. KKR will begin their campaign with an away match against Gujarat Lions in Rajkot on April 7. Earlier, the Enforcement Directorate has issued show cause notice against Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd (KRSPL) and Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan’s wife Gauri Khan for allegedly violating foreign exchange rules.

The agency issued the notice under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (Adjudication Proceedings and Appeal) Rules, 2000 in connection with the share sale of KRSPL, the franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan’s company Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd in partnership with actor Juhi Chawla and her husband Jay Mehta. “We issued show cause notices against Knight Riders Sports, Gauri Khan and others under FEMA for loss of foreign exchange worth Rs 73.6 crore in sale of shares,” the official said.