Brendon McCullum replaces Ganguly as Kolkata Knight Riders Captain

Brendon McCullumKolkata Knight Riders have hatchet Sourav Ganguly and appointed Brendon McCullum skipper for the second Indian Premier League (IPL) starting on Saturday.

The conclusion was publicized at a media conference here, where coach John Buchanan also verified he had ditched notorious plans to have multiple captains.

"Prior to coming here there was clearly some rumor about the multiple captains," Buchanan said.

"We have appointed Brendon, who is very glad about it. He has the support of Ganguly, Brad Hodge & Chris Gayle as senior members and Matthew Mott as coach."

Wicketkeeper-batsman McCullum expressed his exhilaration about the appointment and said the Riders were well placed to push for magnificence this season.

"I'm massively proud to have been named Kolkata Knight Riders skipper," said the New Zealander. "It's a tremendous honor.

"We've got some excellent players in our line-up and I will be looking to use the skills and expertise of Sourav Ganguly, Brad and Chris Gayle during the tournament.

"We've trained firm and put big expectations on ourselves and we hope to bring and push the boundaries towards the end of the tournament, and an expectantly be in the semi-finals and final."

The result to replace former India star Sourav Ganguly, known as the 'Prince of Kolkata', is contentious, but Buchanan is hoping the franchise's fans will agree that it is in the team's best interests.

"I'm sure there will be the odd protest to it," he admitted. "But hopefully the fans will realize that what we are trying to do is best for them, best for the franchise and best for Sourav Ganguly.

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