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KKR keep their options open

Calcutta: Kolkata Knight Riders managing director and chief executive Venky Mysore feels the IPL auctions in Bangalore on February 12 and 13 will be “trickier”, and will be determined by “market forces”.

At a press conference after the two-day trials, Mysore along with batting coach WV Raman and assistant coach Vijay Dahiya made it clear that this was not aimed at selection of players.

“This was no selection camp. The idea was to have a look at the players and see what they are capable of,” said the coaches.

Mysore wasn’t too forthcoming on their strategy for the auctions.

“We want to keep our squad very compact to make it more manageable. It will be based on need. We will figure out the optimum size, keeping in mind the need for this year and the future… It’s difficult to say we have a preferred list… It will be a very different auction this time around. We will go with an open mind.”

Mysore wasn’t convincing on why Mohammed Shami was not retained. “It is relevant to point out that we actually had signed him in 2011 before he came into reckoning. Shami has done a fantastic job, we are so happy for him…

“Technically we have two joker cards and can pick any player who were with us. The other factor is price, it has to be appropriate. “When you study the retention rules, you will realise that it has been made very punitive. You’re punished for retaining in a way... Because teams who have gone for full retention have already lost 65 per cent of their salary cap.”