Five Candidates To Replace Brendon McCullum As Team Kolkata’s Coach

Brendon McCullum has recently been appointed as the red-ball head coach of the English national team. With this move, the former Kiwi captain will be plying his trade for the first time as a coach in the longest format. Normally we’ve seen that national team head coaches don’t normally do a gig in the Indian T20 League, such is the relentless nature of the fixture list in modern-day cricket. Especially with England, as they play the most number of matches in Test cricket.

Recently, Rob Key, the new Director of Cricket in England has talked about being open to the idea of having a coach who can multitask with the Indian T20 League and with McCullum as the current head coach of Team Kolkata in the league, there are chances that he keeps both his positions. But if the fixture congestion doesn’t allow him to concentrate on both fronts then we’ve shortlisted five ideal candidates who can replace him for the next season.



Former Australian great Justin Langer recently led the Aussies to the T20 World Cup triumph in 2021. Langer’s coaching credentials are not to be questioned as he had a relatively successful stint with the Australian national team given the circumstances in which he took on that project. Langer doesn’t have any prior experience of coaching in the Indian T20 League but is surely one that Team Kolkata will have their eyes on.



Another option for Team Kolkata can be to go back to Trevor Bayliss, who led them to the two titles they won back in 2012 and 2014. Bayliss was with Team Hyderabad recently but the retention strategy of the franchise ahead of the 2022 season made him resign from his position. He is one of those old school coaches who doesn’t interfere too much with the captain’s responsibilities of running the team. Given that Shreyas Iyer is in his third year as a captain of an Indian T20 League franchise, he might just be the best man for Team Kolkata to appoint to compliment Iyer’s decision-making skills.



Jacques Kallis is another former coach that Team Kolkata can go back to for the next few seasons. The South African legendary all-rounder played for the franchise from 2011 to 2014 and from 2015 he took over the reins from Trevor Bayliss who left to take on the coaching role with the English national team. Kallis didn’t get a trophy to the franchise as the head coach but he knows the league and the franchise pretty well and there could be this comfort factor with him taking over from McCullum.



If the franchise is looking for another New Zealand legend to take over from McCullum then they have the option of appointing Daniel Vettori as their new head coach. Vettori was the coach of Team Bangalore from 2014 to 2018 where he led Bangalore to a final in the 2016 edition. Vettori has recent coaching experience and has been following the league closely as a pundit.



David Hussey is another player who has played for the franchise before and is currently a part of the coaching team since 2019 as the mentor of the side. He has been with Brendon McCullum for four seasons now and understands every detail of the franchise. To promote continuity, Team Kolkata can appoint him as the head coach of the franchise for the next few seasons as Hussey will be in the best position to make key immediate decisions for the team.

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