Kolkata appoint Chandrakant Pandit as their new head coach
Kolkata appoint Chandrakant Pandit as head coach
Kolkata on Wednesday named Chandrakant Pandit as their new head coach. The domestic cricket great replaces Brendon McCullum, who has taken up the same position with the England men’s test side.
On accepting the new role, Pandit said “It's a great honour and privilege to be given this responsibility. I have heard from players and others who have been associated with the Knight Riders, about the family culture, as well as the tradition of success that has been created. I am excited about the quality of the support staff and the players who are part of the set up and I am looking forward to this opportunity with all humility and positive expectations."
Pandit, who turns 61 next month, played a critical role in Madhya Pradesh’s triumphant run in the last domestic season. MP lifted their maiden Ranji Trophy with Pandit at the helm of things.
The former Indian wicket keeper represented India for five tests and 36 ODIs in his six year international career spanning from 1986 to 1992. Post retirement, he took up coaching and under his guidance both Mumbai (2003 & 2004) and Vidarbha (2018 and 2019) bagged back to back Ranji Trophy titles.
Pandit’s appointment will reunite him with Mumbai player Shreyas Iyer, who was named Kolkata’s skipper after last year’s mega auction. We are very excited that Chandu is joining the Knight Riders family to lead us through the next phase of our journey," Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR said. "His deep commitment to what he does and his track record of success in domestic cricket, is there for everyone to see. We are looking forward to his partnership with our skipper Shreyas Iyer, which promises to be an exciting one."
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