Kolkata Knight Riders appointed former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as their head coach for the next year Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). Previously this post was held by South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.
“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,” KKR’s media release said.
In the inaugural season of IPL way back in 2008, the very first match Brendon McCullum played brilliant knock of 158 for Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Upon his appointment, Brendon McCullum said, “It’s a great honour 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.”
“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,” said KKR CEO Venky Mysore in a statement.