Legendary retired South African all rounder Jacques Kallis is now the head coach of the Trinbago Knight Riders team that would compete in this year’s Hero CPL T20 tournament.
Kallis was part of the winning Red Steel team last year, playing as a marquee player under the captaincy of Dwayne Bravo and head coach Simon Helmot.
The Australian Helmot has been made the assistant coach of the team, as Kallis takes charge. Former West Indies wicketkeeper David Williams was in the T&T Red Steel set up as assistant coach but he has now replaced by Helmot.
The new management of the Trinbago Knight Riders Red Chillies Entertainment has however decided to stick with Colin Borde as operations manager of the franchise. Borde has a very good record as manager, having served at the West Indies ‘A’ team and T&T levels with success.
Kallis, was recently hired by the Kolkata Knight Riders as their head coach. He succeeded Trevor Bayliss, who took over as England coach in June. Kallis, who has been with the franchise since 2011, was the team’s batting consultant in IPL 2015.
Although the T&T Red Steel is the defending CPL champion, there will be several changes to the team following the draft in February when many of the players from the winning squad were overlooked. In addition, some of the T&T Red Steel players will be involved in the Test series against India, which clashes with the CPL.
The 2016 CPL starts in July and will end on August 7. The venue for the finals is yet to be determined as organisers continue negotiations with the governments of T&T and Guyana and officials in Florida.
An decision is expected to be announced later this week.