New Delhi: Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) but this time in a different role after being signed by the IPL side as assistant coach, a media report Friday has claimed.
McCullum, who retired from all forms of competitive cricket recently, will also take over as the head coach of the Caribbean Premier League side Trinbago Knight Riders, according to a cricket-specific website.
Interestingly, he will replace Simon Katich in both the sides. With KKR he will be associated as assistant coach and at Trinbago Knight Riders he will replace the Australian as head coach. The dasher from Canterbury had retired from all forms of international cricket in 2016.
The former Black Caps skipper has played 101 Test matches and scored 6,453 runs with the highest score being 302. He featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6,083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.
KKR had earlier announced that they were parting ways with Jacques Kallis, their head coach, and Katich.
McCullum’s association with KKR goes back to the maiden season when he set the stage on fire with a blistering 158-run unbeaten knock in the first ever match of IPL. He was an integral part of the KKR squad for five seasons and also led them in the 2009 edition.
The right-hand batsman had hinted at trying his hand at coaching in his retirement statement. “The next chapter, in both media and coaching will challenge me further,” he had earlier said.