Ganguly's fans protest against captaincy rotation

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Kolkata, Mar 27 (ANI): Fans of Sourav Ganguly, who led Kolkata Knight Riders' in the 2008 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), burnt the effigy of coach John Buchanan against his decision to rotate captains during the Twenty20 league.

Ganguly's fans said they would not accept anyone else in his place.There will be only one captain in Knight Riders and he is Sourav Ganguly. He is the only successful captain in India. In any team where we have Ganguly, we need not have four or five captains. If there are four or five captains, we will also have five coaches," said Bablu Haldar, one of the fans.

With at least three successful captains in its list, Kolkata Knight Riders have decided to go for a rotation of skippers.

The decision came after the coach analysed the strength of the teams, which boasts of international players like Chris Gayle (West Indies), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand) who have led their sides in the past to victory.

This would eventually ease pressure on Ganguly.

Ganguly on Wednesday said he accepted the decision, as he would be able to focus more on his batting and bowling skills.

Earlier, organisers of the Twenty20 tournament announced the eight-team league would be staged in South Africa from April 18 due to security reasons and would return to India next season.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to stage the event overseas after failing to get government clearance for security cover as the tournament's dates clash with the general elections. (ANI)

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