Cricket: Brendon McCullum tipped to take up Twenty20 coaching roles

Former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum in action for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum in action for the Kolkata Knight Riders. Photo credit: Photosport

Former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum is in line to land two Twenty20 coaching jobs following his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier this week. 

ESPN Cricinfo reports McCullum will take over as the head coach of Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and assistant coach at Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL). 

The report adds McCullumhas been signed up by the Knight Riders franchise, which owns both teams, for at least the upcoming CPL and the IPL seasons, replacing former Australian opener Simon Katich in both roles. 

McCullum, 37, retired from all forms of international cricket in 2016 but continued to ply his trade in various T20 leagues across the globe.

McCullum was tipped  to play in the Euro T20 Slam for the Glasgow Giants as an icon player but instead announced his retirement. 

The Caribbean Premier League starts on September 5.

In announcing his playing retirement, McCullum said he's looking forward to the chapter, in both media and coaching. 

"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," he said.

"In T20 cricket, I've enjoyed so many varied challenges, I can leave the game knowing I left no stone unturned.

"I am sad to leave playing the game I love behind, but I am excited about what the future holds. It's been one hell of a ride but I've always maintained that all good things must come to an end."​

McCullum played 101 tests for the Blackcaps, averaging a respectable 38.64 with the bat and achieving New Zealand's highest-ever individual test score of 302 against India in 2014.

McCullum also played 260 one-day internationals and 71 Twenty20 internationals.

He registered 6453 test runs, including 12 centuries, and he is third on New Zealand's all-time list of highest test run-scorers.