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KKR has named Chandrakant Pandit as the team’s head coach

On Wednesday, August 17, the Kolkata Knight Riders announced the appointment of Chandrakant Pandit as head coach of the Kolkata-based franchise. The former India cricketer takes over after a successful Ranji Trophy campaign with Madhya Pradesh.

After Brendon McCullum left to join the England Test squad earlier this year, KKR decided to hire Chandrakant Pandit, a domestic powerhouse who has won six Ranji Trophy titles. Former Indian wicketkeeper-batter led Madhya Pradesh to their first Ranji Trophy final in 23 years, defeating Mumbai in the final to win the prestigious trophy.

Venky Mysore, CEO of KKR, expressed his delight at the appointment of the Indian coach, believing him to be the best person to lead the KKR team to the next stage of their journey. KKR, who finished second in the 2021 season, had a disappointing season in the IPL 2022, finishing seventh in the points table.

Notably, Chandrakant Pandit was rumored to be in the running for a coaching job in 2012, but in an interview earlier this year, he revealed turning down the opportunity to work under Trevor Bayliss, who led them to their first IPL title that year. The former Indian cricketer rose to prominence after leading Vidarbha to back-to-back titles three years ago.