The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have announced Brendon McCullum as its new head coach on Thursday. The cricket team said in a statement that 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.
Upon his appointment as Head Coach, Brendon 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," he added.
CEO of KKR, Venky Mysore 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."
Former South Africa star Jacques Kallis was KKR's head coach till last season, but he parted ways a few weeks ago.