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Knight Riders to hold trials

Calcutta: The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will hold trials for ‘emerging’ cricketers on February 5 and 6. The team’s assistant coach Vijay Dahiya and batting coach Woorkeri Raman will be present during the two-day trials, which will be held at either Eden Gardens or Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground.

“Raman and Dahiya will judge the players’ temperament and application among other things. The emphasis will largely be on cricketers from Bengal… They will see whether the player fits in our scheme of things. So it will be an opportunity for the Bengal cricketers, as well as others, to impress the coaches,” said a top KKR official.

The purpose of the trials is to have a clear idea about who they want to bid for during the IPL auctions, on February 12 and 13, in Bangalore. KKR have retained only Gautam Gambhir and Sunil Narine from their earlier squad.

He also said that Gambhir might drop in on the last day of the trials and have a meeting with top KKR officials like Venky Mysore and Joy Bhattacharya to formulate the strategy for the auctions.

The CAB, meanwhile, has played its part as the host association. CAB joint-secretary Subir Ganguly has sought permission from Mysore and will be writing to IPL CEO Sundar Raman so that under-19 players like Aamir Gani, Ankit Keshri and Pritam Chakraborty can be present during the trials.