New Zealand’s former cricketer and captain Brendon McCullum has set to join IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders as the assistant coach for upcoming season. As per report published by ESPNcricinfo, McCullum who announced retirement from all forms of cricket few days back, will be acquired by KKR franchise.
Brendon McCullum played the inaugural edition of Vivo Indian Premier League in 2008 and he sparked the tournament with his destructive innings of 158 in the IPL 2008 opening game. So it will be like home coming for McCullum in the Indian twenty20 league. After that, he played for Chennai Super Kings, Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers Bangalore too.
“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 quoted as saying by the report.
Kolkata Knight Riders part away with head coach Jacques Kallis after the conclusion of 2019 edition. The franchise is now looking for head coach and it would be great for them if McCullum joins KKR camp as assistant coach. There are plenty of youngsters in the two-time IPL champions roster and Kiwi batsman’s experience would help them a lot.
It also reported that McCullum will join Caribbean Premier League’s Trinbago Knight Riders team as head coach. TKR is also owned by KKR franchise.