Overseas Stars Clash with Chandrakant Pandit's Coaching Style at KKR

Overseas Stars Clash with Chandrakant Pandit’s Coaching Style at KKR

Chandrakant Pandit, a legendary figure in Indian domestic cricket, has faced criticism from some overseas players during his tenure as coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

According to David Wiese, an all-rounder who played for KKR in three matches this season, there were “certain issues going on behind the scenes” within the team. Wiese revealed that some players were unhappy with Pandit’s coaching style, describing the dressing room atmosphere as “tough.”

“There was a new coach coming in and he liked to do things a certain way, and that didn’t sit well with the players,” Wiese said on the ‘Hitman for Hire: A year in the life of a franchise cricketer’ podcast hosted by Sam Keir.

Wiese further explained that Pandit’s strict disciplinary approach did not resonate with some of the overseas players who have extensive experience playing in various leagues around the world. “He’s known in India as a fairly militant type of coach, a strict disciplinarian. The overseas guys who’ve played all over the world don’t need someone coming in and telling him how to behave and what to wear and what to do,” he added.

Despite the challenges, Wiese remained positive about his time with KKR, acknowledging the team’s fighting spirit despite missing some key players. He also praised the performance of Rinku Singh, who impressed with his power-hitting abilities.

“As a player, you appreciate it when guys do well. Rinku Singh smacks five sixes – you can’t not appreciate that,” Wiese said. “It’s just that the result doesn’t have much emphasis anymore. You don’t sit there nervous about whether you’re going to win. And you start investing in the guys’ personal performances instead.”

Pandit’s coaching style has been a topic of discussion in the past, with some players praising his attention to detail and discipline, while others have expressed concerns about his strict approach. It remains to be seen how KKR will perform under Pandit’s leadership in the future, but the team’s recent struggles have raised questions about the compatibility between his coaching style and the expectations of overseas players.

BBL and WBBL Overhaul: Multi-Year Overseas Deals and WBBL Reduction

BBL and WBBL Overhaul: Multi-Year Overseas Deals and WBBL Reduction

Cricket Australia is revolutionizing its Big Bash League (BBL) and Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) with significant changes aimed at retaining overseas talent and enhancing the overall quality of the competitions.

Overseas Player Multi-Year Deals:

Clubs will now be permitted to sign overseas players to multi-year contracts before the draft. These deals will require players to commit to the entire tournament, preventing them from leaving for other leagues. This move is designed to address the issue of players departing the BBL before the finals, which has weakened the competition in recent years.

Impact on Draft and Player Selection:

The signed overseas players will count towards the minimum of three internationals that each club must select during the draft. They will occupy either a platinum, gold, or silver-round pick based on their salary. Clubs will have the flexibility to poach overseas talent from other franchises, adding an element of strategy to the draft process.

Flexibility and Timing:

Players who have existing contracts elsewhere will be granted some flexibility next summer. However, from the 2025-26 season onwards, they will be locked in for the duration of their multi-year deals. The timing of the UAE-based ILT20 competition is expected to shift from January-February to November, reducing the pressure on the BBL, as ILT20 teams will no longer be able to raid BBL stocks.

WBBL Changes:

The WBBL is also set for a shake-up, with a likely reduction from 56 games to 40. This move is intended to create a more balanced schedule and provide greater context for matches. The timing of the Women’s T20 World Cup in Bangladesh means the competition could begin without international talent if it maintains its longer season.

State-Based T20 League:

To compensate for the reduction in WBBL games, Cricket Australia is considering introducing a state-based T20 league. This could provide financial benefits for players, who currently earn match fees in state cricket but salaries in the WBBL.

Overseas Stars Set to Light Up The Hundred Draft

Overseas Stars Set to Light Up The Hundred Draft

The Hundred draft, scheduled for March 20, promises an exciting pool of overseas players, including David Warner, Kane Williamson, Meg Lanning, and Smriti Mandhana. Warner, previously absent from the competition, is now available for £100,000, while Williamson, who missed the first season due to injury, can be acquired for £75,000.

In the women’s draft, Mandhana joins Ashleigh Gardner, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma as the top-priced players at £50,000. Lanning, who has also withdrawn in the past, is available for £40,000, alongside Beth Mooney and Annabel Sutherland. India’s contingent includes Richa Ghosh, Renuka Singh, and Shikha Pandey.

The men’s draft features seven players in the £125,000 bracket, including Sunil Narine, Nicholas Pooran, Josh Inglis, and Daryl Mitchell. Kieron Pollard, Shamar Joseph, Sikandar Raza, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Naseem Shah are all priced at £100,000.

Notable England players in the draft include Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Amy Jones, and Lauren Filer. Malan, a winner with Trent Rockets in 2022, expressed his enthusiasm for the competition. Sri Lanka’s Chamari Athapaththu, the Player of the Tournament in the recent WBBL, is also eager to join the Hundred.

The draft will be held at the Shard in London and broadcast live on YouTube, TikTok, and the Hundred website. Birmingham Phoenix will have the first pick in the women’s draft, while Northern Superchargers will start the men’s draft.

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