Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have appointed Chandrakant Pandit as their head coach ahead of the next season. The position was vacant after Brendon McCullum resigned after IPL 2022 to take up the job of England’s Test head coach.
Pandit is well known in the domestic circuit, having won many titles as head coach. Most recently, he guided a young Madhya Pradesh side to the Ranji Trophy title, beating heavyweight Mumbai in the final in Bengaluru.
Chandrakant Pandit is elated with the new responsibility and is ready for the new challenge. A KKR media release quoted Pandit as saying:
“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.”
🚨 We have a new HEAD COACH!
Welcome to the Knight Riders Family, Chandrakant Pandit 💜👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/Eofkz1zk6a
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 17, 2022
“We are very excited that Chandu is joining the Knight Riders family” – KKR CEO
KKR CEO Venky Mysore is also excited about the prospect of Chandrakant Pandit coaching the KKR side. Making the announcement, he said:
“We are very excited that Chandu is joining the Knight Riders family to lead us through the next phase of our journey. 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.”