KOLKATA: Director of cricket operations, John Buchanan, and Kolkata Knight Riders have parted ways, finally. Co-owner of the IPL franchise, Jay Mehta, issued a press release to this effect on Thursday.
This brought to an end days of speculation of Buchanan losing his job after the Knight Riders team ended at the bottom of the eight-team second edition of the Indian Premier League.
It was still not known who would succeed the former Australian coach. However, sources close to the franchise said a decision would be taken only after the return of Jay Mehta and Shah Rukh Khan, who are abroad right now.
According to Mr. Mehta, the Knight Riders’ management and owners had reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the team with all parties involved and were looking for a new approach to ensure the team was well prepared for the 2010 season and beyond.
Buchanan, however, felt that his vision and direction he wished to take were no longer aligned to those of the owners and management and decided to return to his coaching and corporate consulting work.
“John Buchanan has informed KR that despite his hard work over the past two seasons, he has not achieved everything that he set out to. We have amicably agreed that KR will release him with immediate effect,” said Mr. Mehta.
“I would like to state that John is a great coach. He had a vision for KR and did not waver from this vision. Unfortunately, it has not brought the results that are so necessary to this franchise.”
Buchanan on his part said, “obviously, I am very disappointed in not being able to continue with KR and complete the work I started some 18 months back. I wish the team every success in 2010.”