Brendon McCullum Set to Become KKR Assistant Coach

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Cricket - New Zealand Nets - Edgbaston - 8/6/15 New Zealand's Brendon McCullum during nets Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown Livepic

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket a few days ago, has already signed up with Knight Riders franchise as the coach in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and assistant coach in the Indian Premier League (IPL), as per a report in ESPNCricinfo.

However, he is ready to take up his new role as the coach in a couple of T20 leagues. The Knight Riders franchise which is co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan plays in CPL also along with IPL. The team which is in CPL, named Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL.

McCullum has always been a dangerous player and he was about to play in the newly forming Euro T20 Slam for the Glasgow Giants. However, the dates of both the leagues have seemed to be clashing and thus he will not be playing in the Euro T20 league. However, he was associated with Kolkata Knight Riders earlier as a player too.

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Cricket – England Nets – Kia Oval – 11/6/15. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum during nets. Action Images via Reuters / Philip Brown. Livepic

He will be the head coach of the Trinbago Knight Riders team in the upcoming CPL which is all set to start from 5th September. But for the KKR in the IPL, he will be the assistant coach only. Recently KKR management decided to leave Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich from the head coach and assistant coach positions respectively. Although, the name of the new head coach has not been confirmed.

However, he has been recently playing as a freelance cricketer in the T20 leagues across the globe. But now thought to hang up his boots and focus on the coaching.