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Kolkata Knight Riders appoint Chandrakant Pandit as Head Coach

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Chandrakant Pandit was introduced as the new head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday, August 17. Brendon McCullum is replaced by Pandit, who turns 61 next month. He has taken up the same post with the England men’s Test side.

Accepting the new challenge, 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 setup and I am looking forward to this opportunity with all humility and positive expectations.”

Pandit was in charge when Madhya Pradesh won its first Ranji Trophy championship last domestic season. As a coach, Pandit had won six first-class championships in total.

Pandit’s appointment will reunite him with Mumbai star Shreyas Iyer, who was named KKR captain after last year’s mega shuffle. “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.”

Pandit had a six-year international career, which spanned from 1986 to 1992. He played 36 one-day internationals and five tests for India. He started coaching after his retirement. Under his guidance, Mumbai (2003 and 2004) and Vidarbha (2018 and 2019) won back-to-back Ranji Trophy championships.


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