5 Former cricketers who can replace Brendon McCullum as KKR head coach in IPL 2023
Brendon McCullum will coach a red-ball team for the first time ever since his retirement in 2019.
Updated - May 13, 2022 2:53 pm
Former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum has been appointed the head coach of England’s men’s Test team. The 40-year-old’s appointment has now been made official by the ECB. However, for Kolkata Knight Riders, McCullum’s departure means massive boots to fill in.
Particularly as a bigwig figure in the franchise, McCullum has helped KKR imbibe the thrilling brand of cricket. Last year, his fervent association with former skipper Eoin Morgan also recuperated Kolkata to finish as runners-up. More importantly, the T20 legend’s new role will also refrain him from coaching Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL.
Therefore in this list, let’s check out the five former cricketers who can replace Brendon McCullum as KKR head coach in IPL 2023.
1. Simon Katich
This Aussie cricketer is very familiar when it comes to coaching both KKR and the IPL. Just recently after the 2022 mega auction, Katich resigned as SRH’s assistant coach. Because of his differences with regard to managing the team, Katich had decided to step down. Before joining hands with the orange army, the southpaw had a successful stint with RCB.
While collectively helming the red army with Mike Hesson, RCB had qualified for playoffs in IPL 2020 & 2021. But sadly even this stint of Katich had ended abruptly in the second half of IPL 2021. However, when it comes to the purple army, the 46-year-old had once served as deputy of head coach Jacques Kallis.
In fact, Katich can again become an excellent choice for KKR. As the Australian is also keen to coach an IPL franchise, Kolkata can be his new place to thrive. Overall, onboarding with KKR might also pave the way for Katich to coach in other global T20 leagues. Like Brendon McCullum, he can even helm the other two franchises of the Knight Riders group.