Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is reportedly set to join the coaching set-up of IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming seasons.
The 37-year-old recently announced that he was hanging up his playing boots after completing his stint for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada and could be now set to transition into a coaching role.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the Kiwi icon is in line to become the KKR assistant coach for the 2020 edition of the IPL and the head coach for Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming season which gets underway on September 5.
Both the T20 franchises are owned by the same group – Knight Riders and McCullum has reportedly signed on for at least one season each in both competitions.
KKR had recently announced the departure of head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich from their roles following the team’s failure to qualify for the play-offs of the 2019 edition of the IPL.
McCullum has previously been associated with KKR as a player and wrote himself into the history books when he struck an explosive 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first-ever IPL clash in 2008.
McCullum had earlier this year expressed his desire to transition into a coaching role after announcing his retirement from the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.
The former Black Caps skipper was set to participate in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam later this month as an icon player for Glasgow Giants before he announced his retirement as a player on Monday.
Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians have roped in Sherfane Rutherford from Delhi Capitals after trading Mayank Markande in return.
Windies all-rounder Rutherford burst into the limelight with his displays for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) before going on to make his international debut against Bangladesh at the end of last year.
Rutherford was brought by Delhi Capitals in the 2018 IPL auctions with the 20-year-old putting in some impressive displays over the course of the season.
Meanwhile, young leg-spinner Markande was able to make just three appearances for Mumbai Indians in the 2019 edition of the IPL after what was a sensational debut campaign for him in 2018.
The youngster had claimed 15 wickets in his maiden IPL campaign last year but saw himself overtaken by fellow leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the pecking order in the 2019 edition.
“We wish Mayank the very best for his future. Mayank is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early,” Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani stated.
“It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing Mayank for better cricketing prospects and know that Mayank is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family.
“I am excited to welcome the talented Sherfane into our family. Sherfane has impressed us with his all-round skills and match-winning attitude. His exploits across the world at such an early stage of his career has been impressive and we believe he will find his home at Mumbai Indians.”
Outgoing England head coach Trevor Bayliss will take charge of Indian Premier League franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad from next year.
Bayliss had long ago signalled his intention to end his four-year tenure with England after the end of the forthcoming Ashes series, when his contract expires.
Despite leading England to World Cup glory last weekend, the Australian has not had a change of heart and he will replace Tom Moody at the helm of Sunrisers, who have England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow in their ranks.
Sunrisers said in a statement on their official Twitter account: “Trevor Bayliss, England’s 2019 World Cup winning coach, has been appointed head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad.”
PA understands the 56-year-old rejected a return to Kolkata Knight Riders and an offer from Rajasthan Royals, who count England stars Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer among their playing staff, to sign with Sunrisers.
Bayliss oversaw Kolkata’s IPL wins in 2012 and 2014, while he led Sydney Sixers all the way in the 2011-12 edition of Australia’s Big Bash League.
Sunrisers added in their statement: “He is a proven winner and we feel that his successful track record will be ideal in taking Sunrisers Hyderabad forward.”
Bayliss’ track record in the limited-overs formats was central to his hiring for England and he has overseen a period of remarkable transformation, especially in one-day internationals.
Humiliated on the global stage in 2015, they came into the recently-concluded World Cup as favourites, having stormed to the top of the ODI rankings after a change of ideology that allowed their attacking instincts to flourish.
They lifted the trophy for the first time, beating New Zealand in the final by virtue of scoring more boundaries after the teams made identical scores of 241 in their ODI and 15 in a super over at Lord’s on Sunday.
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