Brendon McCullum appointed head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders announced today the appointment of Brendon McCullum as its new head coach. The former New Zealand skipper has called time on his professional career, announcing retirement from all forms of cricket on earlier in the month.

This will be McCullum’s first coaching stint and along with the IPL franchise, McCullum will also coach Caribbean Premier League team Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR). KKR, last month, had confirmed the exit of head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich. McCullum’s association with KKR family goes back to 2008, when he lit up the inaugural edition of IPL with an emphatic 158* in the opening game. ALSO READ: Brendon McCullum announces retirement from all forms of cricket

“McCullum has been very closely associated with the Knight Riders franchise as a player first from 2008 to 2010 and again from 2012-2013 & was part of the IPL championship squad in 2012. He was also part of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) squad in the CPL, from 2016-2018, during which TKR won back-to-back championships in 2017 & 2018,” a KKR press release stated.

He later went on to play for Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions. After being released by RCB last year, McCullum did not find a buyer in auction for IPL 2019 and missed the season for the first time in his career. Although he was in India for commentary duties.

A veteran of 101 Tests and 260 ODIs, McCullum retired from international cricket in January 2016, two months before the T20 World Cup. He became a T20 freelancer and went on to play T20 leagues in the various parts of the world. McCullum was set to represent Glasgow Giants as their icon player in the Euro T20 Slam but announced a shock retirement.

Upon his appointment as head coach, McCullum said, “It’s a great honor to take on this responsibility. The Knight Rider franchises in IPL & CPL have become iconic and have set the standard in franchise cricket. We have fantastic squads in both KKR & TKR and I along with the support staff will be looking to build on the successes both franchises have enjoyed.”

Making the announcement, Venky Mysore CEO of KKR said, “Brendon has been an integral part of the Knight Riders family for a long time. His leadership qualities, honesty, positive & aggressive style, combined with his natural ability to bring the best out of the teams he has been part of makes him ideally suited to lead KKR & TKR as a Head Coach”.

McCullum succeeds Katich as the head coach of TKR.