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IPL: KKR name Brendon McCullum as head coach

Brendon McCullum has been closely associated with the KKR as a player from 2008-2010, and again from 2012-2013. File photo.

Brendon McCullum has been closely associated with the KKR as a player from 2008-2010, and again from 2012-2013. File photo.   | Photo Credit: PTI

He had recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum will be the new head coach of two-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champion Kolkata Knight Riders and its other team, Caribbean Premier League winner Trinbago Knight Riders.

McCullum played for KKR from 2008 to 2010 and also from 2012 to 2013. He was part of the title-winning side in 2012.

The Kiwi was part of TKR from 2016 to 2018 and won the CPL crowns in 2017 and 2018.

“Brendon has been an integral part of the Knight Riders family for a long time. His leadership qualities, honesty, positive and aggressive style, combined with his natural ability to bring the best out of teams make him suited to lead KKR and TKR as head coach,” said KKR CEO Venky Mysore in a statement on Thursday.

‘An honour’

Thirty-seven-year-old McCullum said it was an honour to take over at KKR. “The Knight Riders franchises in the IPL and CPL have become iconic, and have set the standard in franchise cricket. We have fantastic squads and I, along with the support staff, will be looking to build on the successes of both franchises,” he said.

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