XtraTime Web Desk: Two-time Indian Premier League champions Kolkata Knight Riders has parted ways with their head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich. They have said that it was done to reshuffle the team management which was announced on Sunday. With this the relation of nine years Kallis & Katich with the KKR management.
Under Kallis and Katich, KKR won 32 out of 61 games. The Kolkata franchise finished fifth in 2019, losing out on net run rate. There were also reports of infighting between the team management and players with Andre Russell being more than vocal about it in various press conferences.
KKR CEO Venky Mysore though suggested that Kallis could be part of the franchise’s plans in future.
“Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family and will always remain so,” Mysore said, while announcing the changes. “We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Riders brand as a global brand.”
Kallis too released a statement saying it was “time to explore new opportunities.”
“After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and Head Coach, it’s time to explore new opportunities,” Kallis said. “I would to like to thank the owners, management and fellow players for many happy memories.”