Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time in a coaching role.
McCullum has recently announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket
Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is returning to Kolkata Knight Riders but this time in a coaching role after being signed by the IPL side as an assistant coach, a media report 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 sports publication.
Interestingly, he will replace Simon Katich on both sides. With KKR he will be associated as an 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 but continued to ply his trade in various T20 leagues across the globe.
The former Black Caps captain has played 101 Test matches for New Zealand and scored 6453 runs at an average of 38.64. He has featured in 260 ODIs and amassed 6083 runs with a strike rate of 96.37.
KKR had 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 said.
Bazz's cricketing legacy
McCullum who is nicknamed as 'Bazz' has represented New Zealand in 101 Tests, 260 ODIs and 71 T20Is. He had announced his retirement from international cricket back in early 2016. Nonetheless, he continued to play franchise cricket. He had played his last IPL in 2018 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 37-year-old had also called it a day from the Big Bash League (BBL) earlier this year where he was representing Brisbane Heats. Last month, the charismatic cricketer was named as the batting coach of two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders. In fact, Bazz's association with KKR dates back to the inaugural edition in 2008 where he had lit up the tournament with a spectacular 158 against RCB in the opening match.
Brendon McCullum had also led New Zealand to their maiden World Cup final in 2015 which was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. They finished as the runners-up after the Aussies had completely outplayed them in a lop-sided contest. Opening the innings, Bazz was castled by Mitchell Starc in the very first over and arguably it sealed New Zealand's fate in that summit clash.