KKR New Head Coach: Kolkata Knight Riders have finally announced their new coach for the next season of Indian Premier League.
Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders have announced former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as their Head Coach for IPL 2020. The development has quashed previous reports of KKR appointing England Coach Trevor Bayliss as Head Coach and McCullum as Batting Coach.
McCullum, who had retired from all forms of cricket earlier this month, has returned to a franchise which sort of laid the foundation for him being a swashbuckling T20 player. McCullum had kickstarted the IPL with his awe-inspiring 158* (73) in the inaugural match of the tournament in 2008.
McCullum had last played for Toronto Nationals in the second season of the Global T20 League Canada 2019. In the two matches which McCullum played for Nationals, he had scored 36 and 4. While retiring, McCullum had said that he is looking forward to coaching and commentating roles in the future.
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It is worth mentioning that McCullum has also been appointed the Head Coach of Caribbean Premier League franchise Trinbago Knight Riders, which is owned by the same owners as KKR. Reacting on the occasion, McCullum considered it as a honour to be given the reigns of two T20 franchises.
“It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. We have fantastic squads in both KKR & TKR and I along with the support staff will be looking to build on the success both franchises have enjoyed,” McCullum was quoted as saying.
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) August 15, 2019
McCullum was named as the icon player for Glasgow Giants in the Euro T20 Slam. It was understood that McCullum took his name back from the tournament. A recent development regarding the tournament is that it has been canceled for the year 2019.