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Kolkata Knight Riders rope in THESE two players to coaching staff

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 17 July 2019, 09:57 AM
Kolkata Knight Riders has won IPL twice (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders has won IPL twice (Image Credit: Twitter)
  • Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich part ways with KKR.
  • KKR has won 32 out of 61 games under their guidance.
  • Brendon McCullum played for KKR in initial seasons.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have made two big appointments for the next season of Indian Premier League (IPL) as the two-time champions have again roped in Trevor Bayliss as the chief coach, a report in TOI suggests. Apart from him, the franchise has also roped in Brendon McCullum, former New Zealand captain who made his debut for the franchise in the inaugural edition.

Under Trevor, England created history on Sunday at Lord’s as they defeated New Zealand to become the world champions for the very first time. He took over the job after England’s poor run in 2015 World Cup.

McCullum, on the other hand, was the at the helm from 2011 to 2014, during which KKR won IPL trophies twice. The team has not yet added another IPL trophy in the kitty. In fact, KKR haven’t played an IPL final since 2014.

Meanwhile, Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday parted ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich following a below-par IPL 2019 in which they finished fifth.  The team however has not taken a call on the future of captain Dinesh Karthik who was part of India's World Cup squad. It was the first time in four seasons that the side did not make the play-offs.

"Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family & will always remain so. We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Rider brand as a global brand," KKR CEO Venky Mysore was quoted by the team's website.

Kallis joined the side in 2011 as a player before replacing Trevor Bayliss as head coach in October 2015.

"After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and head coach, it's time to explore new opportunities. I would to like to thank the Owners, Management and fellow players for many happy memories," Kallis said.Under Kallis and Katich, KKR won 32 of their 61 games.

First Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2019 09:55 AM
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