Kolkata: In the midst of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 players auction, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have announced who will captain the side in the next season of the Twenty20 league.

During the auction on Thursday (December 19), KKR bought England’s World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan for Rs 5.25 crore. However, he will not be the skipper of the franchise in IPL 2020. KKR won made a record Rs 15.5 crore bid for Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.

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KKR’s head coach Brendon McCullum has confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will continue to lead the side.

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“Dinesh Karthik is definitely our captain,” McCullum, who had played for KKR, said. His comment was posted on the official Twitter handle of KKR.

Former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir had recently said that KKR should replace Karthik as the leader with Shubman Gill.

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"For me, there are not many captaincy options in this team. I will go with Shubman Gill. I will go with a youngster. Dinesh Karthik will have the baggage of two years."

"He did not perform as per expectations. Go with Shubman Gill, a new young face. He might give new thinking and results," Gambhir told Star Sports.

In IPL 2019, KKR failed to qualify for the playoffs under the captaincy of Karthik. Ahead of today’s auction they had released Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan and others.