TKR name Simon Katich as the Head Coach for 2017 season

Simon Katich
Former Australian batsman Simon Katich. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) management have today announced the appointment of former Australian batsman Simon Katich as head coach of TKR for the forthcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 campaign. Katich replaces Simon Helmot who has accepted a long-term role as Bangladesh Head Coach High Performance Programme.

Helmot was with the Trinidad & Tobago franchise for three years during which they won the CPL championship in 2015. Simon Helmot said: “I would like to sincerely thank the entire TKR family for all the support during my three years with the franchise.”


Simon Katich was an outstanding international player for Australia and has had different coaching assignments. Among these is his current role as assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the IPL.

Katich said: “It’s an exciting opportunity to coach a successful franchise like TKR in the Hero CPL and also great to extend the association with the Knight Rider Family from KKR to TKR.”

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TKR management thanked Simon Helmot for his contribution and welcomed Simon Katich to the TKR family.

He has also been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders team management in the IPL and has learnt a lot from the experience. Somewhere in 2016 he was quoted saying, “This (KKR opportunity) came about by chance so I was quick to seize it. Working on the premier T20 competition in the world, it was too good of an opportunity to knock back. I spoke to the owners and captain, Gautam Gambhir, and they wanted to have me on board.”