According to knowledgeable sources, all is not well between Shah Rukh Khan, owner of Kolkata Knight Riders and its skipper Sourav Ganguly. One of the reasons seems to be the team’s poor performance against the Rajasthan Royals, which cost them their chance to be in the semi-finals.
The insiders are abuzz that Dada and King Khan, the two power centers in the Kolkata IPL team are not seeing eye to eye on many issues. The problem apparently started with the entertainment tax that Shah Rukh Khan is paying for the matches being played at the Eden Gardens. Interestingly, it is learnt that Eden Gardens is the only stadium where an IPL team is paying entertainment tax.
The Badshah wanted Ganguly to speak to West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and try and get it abolished. The Kolkata captain, who is known to be close to the CM, has refused to oblige, at least till now.
Ganguly, on the other hand, has not been too pleased with the team composition right from the beginning. The differences surfaced during the auction itself, with Sourav wanting more batsmen while the team management was keener on bowlers.
Their differences magnified when Coach John Buchanan was given more powers than the captain. Adding fuel to fire, Shah Rukh announced that the coach will take all the decisions for the team next year onwards, upsetting Ganguly in the bargain.
Sourav Ganguly refused to comment and Shah Rukh Khan has not reacted to reports of rift between the two.