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Brendon McCullum to coach Kolkata Knight Riders

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has made a return to IPL as the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.

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Brendon McCullum to coach Kolkata Knight Riders
Brendon McCullum to replace Simon Katich as the head coach of KKR. Photo: Photosport

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has made a return to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time with coaching stint.

As per reports revealed, KKR has signed McCullum as an assistant coach.

The Baz will also take over the role of a head coach of the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders. The Knight Riders franchise co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan plays under the names of Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) in the CPL and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL.

McCullum will replace Simon Katich in KKR. The Indian franchise, on last month, parted with both head coach Jacques Kallis and his deputy Katich.

The Canterbury hard hitter had retired from all forms of international cricket back in 2016 but continued himself to trade in various franchise based T20 leagues around the globe.

He has been made the ‘Icon cricketer’ of Glasgow Giants in Euro T20 Slam in which he would not be able to participate because of the possible clash of fixtures with CPL dates.

Brendon McCullum had been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders since 2008 to five season onwards. The most memorable moment was when he knocked a smashing 158 not out for KKR in the inaugural edition of IPL.

He later played for Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Gujarat Lions.

About his league participation, McCullum said, “I owe it to myself and the teams I represent to close that chapter rather than just plough on regardless of what I know to be true. In T20 cricket, I’ve enjoyed so many varied challenges, I can leave the game knowing I left no stone unturned.”

He also captained the side in 2009 edition.

The former Black Caps skipper played 101 Test matches scoring 6453 runs with a highest of 302. He featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.

He led New Zealand to their first World Cup final in 2015 which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand finishing as the runners-up.

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