Trinbago Knight Riders have named Australian Simon Katich as head coach for the upcoming Caribbean Premier League season.
The 41-year-old Katich, a former Test batsman, replaces countryman Simon Helmot who has accepted a long term appointment as a high performance coach with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
“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 [Kolkata Knight Riders] to TKR,” said Katich, who is currently assistant coach with KKR in the Indian Premier League.
Helmot leaves the post after three years successful years in charge. He oversaw TKR’s title capture in 2015 and also led the side into the playoffs in 2014 and 2016.
“I would like to sincerely thank the entire TKR family for all the support during my three years with the franchise,” Helmot said.
Following the appointment Dwayne Bravo, the team’s captain said that, “I just want to say congratulations to Simon being appointed to the coaching job of the Bangladesh cricket academy. Its been great working with him. I have known Simon for more than eight years now and we have come a long way. Simon is not just a coach, he’s more of a friend, personal friend and I think that relationship between Simon and us really helped us build T&T teamand ther way how the guys looked up to him. I also want to welcome Katich on board with us.I was lucky enough to play against him, now he will be coaching.”
TKR are owned in part by Indian Bollywood star, Shah Rukh Khan, and is closely aligned with KKR.
The franchise features the likes of international Twenty20 stars Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine.