Kolkata Knight Riders appointed the recently retired Brendon McCullum as their new head coach for the next edition of Indian Premier League in 2020.
McCullum has been very closely associated with the KKR as a player first from 2008 to 2010 and again from 2012-2013 and was part of the IPL winning squad in 2012.
McCullum was likewise part of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) squad in the CPL, from 2016-2018, during which TKR won consecutive titles in 2017 and 2018.
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“It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Kolkata Knight Rider franchises in IPL and CPL have become iconic and have set the standard in franchise cricket. We have fantastic squads in both KKR & TKR and me along with the support staff will be looking to build on the successes both franchises have enjoyed,” said McCullum in a press release by the franchise.
KKR CEO Venky Mysore stated, “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.”
The previous New Zealand captain McCullum had reported his retirement from cricket at 37 years old on 5 August.
He had resigned from international cricket in 2016 however has kept on playing in Twenty20 leagues around the world, most recently in Canada. He was because of play in the Euro T20 Slam however has instructed coordinators with respect to his decision to retire.