Trevor Bayliss appointed Kolkata Knight Riders coach: Report
Trevor Bayliss (AFP Photo)

England’s World Cup winning coach Trevor Bayliss is reportedly headed to Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders for his next assignment.

Bayliss, who led England to their maiden ODI world cup title win this Sunday, will take over as the new head coach. He is to be joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum  in the coaching staff as the team’s batting coach.

This won’t be the first time the duo will be involved with KKR who failed to qualify for the IPL 2019 playoffs during what turned out to be an eventful campaign for them.

McCullum had set the stage ablaze with his memorable 158 in the inaugural match of the IPL in 2008 while turning out for KKR. And it was under Bayliss that KKR won both of their IPL trophies between 2011 and 2014.

Recently, KKR had announced that Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich have parted ways with the two-time IPL winners after a long association.

As per a report in The Times of India, team owner Shah Rukh Khan has been keenly involved in the decision-making process of the latest appointments, hoping to replicate the success current IPL champions Mumbai Indians have enjoyed over the years.

“From setting up a sturdy coaching unit to creating an efficient ecosystem within their own perimeters, giving the coaching unit and leading cricketers longer, continuing stints, Mumbai Indians have yielded great results for themselves. It’s a template that certainly interests the management at Knights right now. There will be a change on multiple fronts,” TOI quoted sources as saying.

After a successful world cup campaign, Bayliss will hope to lead England to a win in the Ashes series that starts next month before linking up with KKR.