Former South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis has ended his nine-year stint with the 2-time IPL Champions. The franchise added that assistant coach Simon Katich has also parted ways.
Kallis had initially joined the Knight Riders as a player in 2011 before transitioning himself to a coaching role. The all-rounder coached the franchise for 4 years where he managed to help the team get to the playoffs three times. This time around, they missed out on a spot by a narrow margin.
The CEO of the Kolkata Knight Riders Venky Mysore came up with a statement to thank Kallis for all of his contributions during his stint with the team. He said:
“Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family & will always remain so. We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Rider brand as a global brand,”
Kallis himself released a statement as well thanking the franchise and admitted that he wanted to explore new possibilities. He stated:
“After 9 fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor, and Head Coach, it’s time to explore new opportunities. I would like to thank the Owners, Management and fellow players for many happy memories,”