Cricket: Former Blackcaps captain Brendon McCullum to coach Knight Riders

Brendon McCullum in action with the Brisbane Heat.
Brendon McCullum in action with the Brisbane Heat. Photo credit: Reuters

Kolkata Knight Riders have appointed former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum as their new head coach.

The 37-year-old played for the two-time IPL champions in two separate stints and also represented Trinbago Knight Riders, the Caribbean Premier League franchise that is owned by the same parent company Red Chillies Entertainment.

McCullum replaces South African Jacques Kallis, who parted ways with the Kolkata franchise last week after three seasons.

"It's a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Knight Rider franchises in IPL and CPL have become iconic and have set the standard in franchise cricket," McCullum said in a statement.

In the IPL, the former opening batsman McCullum is best remembered for his blistering knock of 158 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first match of the inaugural season in 2008.


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