Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has added the head coach role at the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to his stewardship of the Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR).

Last week it was announced that McCullum, in addition to taking up head coaching duties with the Hero Caribbean Premier League defending champions, TKR, he would be an assistant with parent organization, KKR in the Indian Premier League.

McCullum’s appointments had come just weeks after the former opener announced his retirement from all forms of the game.

According to KKR’s chief executive, Venky Mysore, McCullum is an ideal replacement for Jacques Kallis, former South Africa all-rounder.

"Brendon has been an integral part of the Knight Riders family for a long time," Mysore said.

"His leadership qualities, honesty, positive and aggressive style, combined with his natural ability to bring the best out of the teams he has been a part of makes him ideally suited to lead both KKR and TKR as a head coach."

McCullum believes both organisations have the kind of pedigree that makes it an honour to take on the roles.

"It's a great honour to take on this responsibility," McCullum said. "The Knight Rider franchises in IPL and CPL have become iconic and have set the standard in franchise cricket. We have fantastic squads in both KKR and TKR and I, along with the support staff will be looking to build on the success both franchises have enjoyed," said the aggressive opener.

McCullum ended his international career a few years ago, having scored 6,453 Test runs at an average of 38.64 from 101 matches. He scored 12 centuries and 31 half centuries along the way.

In ODIs, McCullum averaged 30.41, scoring 6,083 runs from 260 games. He would score five centuries and 32 half centuries in that format.

His aggressive style meant he was well suited to the T20 game and in T20 Internationals for New Zealand, he scored 2,140 runs from 71 matches at an average of 35.66. He scored two centuries and had 13 half centuries.

In franchise cricket, McCullum was a veteran of some 370 games, scoring 9,922 runs at an average of 29.97. In those almost 400 games, he scored seven centuries and 55 half centuries.

There will be no St Lucia Stars in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League after a split between the owners of the franchise and the competition’s organisors.

Royal Sports Club, LLC had a contract with the CPL which was terminated, meaning they no longer have the rights to operate a franchise in the competition. Royal Sports Club owns the St Lucia Stars.

While the Stars can no longer play in the CPL, St Lucia is not expected to be without a franchise, as the CPL announced recently, it would be ‘establishing and operating’ a new franchise based on the island.

 

Former New Zealand skipper, Brendon McCullum, will be the next head coach of the Trinbago Knight Riders when the new season begins in just over a month.

McCullum, who retired from all forms of cricket earlier this week, will also join the Kolkata Knight Riders as the organisation’s assistant coach.

McCullum was supposed to play for the Glasgow Giants at the end of August in the Euro T20 Slam, but announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in the middle of the Global T20 Canada League last week.

McCullum, who may have still wanted to play in the Euro T20 Slam had to put that off because the CPL begins September 5, creating a clash for the new head coach.

"I owe it to myself and the teams I represent to close that chapter rather than just plough on regardless of what I know to be true," McCullum had wrote on Instagram.

"In T20 cricket, I've enjoyed so many varied challenges, I can leave the game knowing I left no stone unturned," he said.

Xavier Marshall, as a youngster, was one of the most promising batsmen out of Jamaica. The opener had been in and around the West Indies setup, debuting with the bat at just 19 years old.

But migration to the United States and maybe a life outside of cricket beckoned for the talented batsman, who had some disciplinary issues hamper his progress.

Then nothing.

Marshall would turn up again as one of the more prominent players on the United States cricket team, and, in fact, just recently, scored a century to give his side One Day International status.

Now, Marshall has come full circle, returning to play for the Jamaica-based Tallawahs in the 2019 season of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

Marshall was picked in the 17th and final round of the draft for a team he may struggle to feature in, but the opener, for at least the month of September, is back home.

The Tallawahs should not be in need of an opener like Marshall with the return of Chadwick Walton from the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Chris Gayle from the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.

The two have opened the innings in successful CPL campaigns for the Tallawahs, who are chasing a record fourth title along with the Trinbago Knight Riders, and the Jamaican franchise may be reluctant to change their tried and tested combination.

There is also Glenn Phillips, Rovman Powell, and the big-hitting Andre Russell in the middle order, who may prove hard to replace as well.

The Tallawahs seem to have a balanced unit that will be hard to pick an eleven from game to game. While the batting seems settled, the allrounders and bowling department throws up interesting challenges.

There is George Worker, from New Zealand, who is listed as a batting allrounder. Worker will go up against Shamar Springer for a place in the lower order. Both are very decent bowlers in the T20 version of the game and could demand places.

But then there is the presence of Zahir Khan, who should also be a certainty.

The arrival of Christopher Lamont, Ramaal Lewis, Steven Jacobs, Derval Green and Imran Khan means the fight for spots among the bowlers will be interesting to watch.

Another certainty is the pacey Oshane Thomas, who has impressed since his arrival on the scene in the last Hero CPL, earning for himself a place at this year’s ICC World Cup in England.

Another allrounder in the mix is Pakistan’s Amad Butt, who plies his trade for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League. The allrounder is making his debut in the CPL but it is not known what part he will play with the number of allrounders in the Tallawahs line-up who have serious quality.

After failing to make the playoffs of the 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents have made some of the most notable drafts in the 2019 edition of the competition.

The Tridents, after being forced to take on new ownership just over a week ago, have already gone about the business of turning their fortunes around with the employ of England’s big-hitting opener, Alex Hales during the CPL’s draft on Wednesday, which took place at the Gfinity eSports Arena in London.

The Tridents wasted little time in using the very first pick of the draft to snare the big-hitting England batsman, who, speaking later during the draft, said he was thrilled to be heading back to an island he described as one of his favourite places to play cricket for what will be his first taste of the biggest party in sport.

Hales also wants to get back into the England set up, and hopes playing in tournaments like the CPL will do that.

“I think it's a good opportunity. These tournaments now are well-respected all around the world, particularly by the selectors and ECB. So yeah I'd love to use these tournaments to hopefully get back into the frame for next year,” said Hales.

In addition, the Tridents, who just days ago, announced West Indies captain Jason Holder as their marquee player, have also picked up Wahab Riaz, Asif Ali and Sandeep Lamichane.

Those three will combine with locals in Johnson Charles, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Jonathan Carter, Chemar Holder, Roshon Primus, Raymon Reifer, Joshua Bishop, Justin Greaves, and Hayden Walsh.

From overseas, the Tridents will also employ the use of Leniko Boucher, Imad Wasim in the line-up.

The Hero Caribbean Premier League begins on September 4 and continues through to October 12.

The Trinbago Knight Riders are the defending champions and are expected to be hunting for a historic three-peat this season, having won in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Dwayne Bravo will remain at the Trinbago Knight Riders for the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20. 

Veteran Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo will leave the Trinbago Knight Riders for the Barbados Tridents ahead of the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL).

According to reports, the 35-year-old former franchise captain will leave the club after five seasons to become the top pick for the Tridents in the CPL draft on Wednesday.  The Barbadian franchise is accepted to sign the T&T-born player for US$160,000.

Bravo, who won three titles in the CPL titles in the red gear of T&T, made the announcement via social media on Tuesday.  Two weeks ago it was announced that Kieron Pollard, who spent several years with the Barbados Tridents, before moving to St Kitts and Nevis Patriots last year.  The Tridents are now owned by the USA-based CMG Companies (CMG) leads a team of local and international investors in the acquisition of the cricket franchise in Barbados. 

The Trinbago Knight Riders captured the team’s third title last year, while the Tridents had their worse ever showing finishing bottom of the table, having won two and lost eight of their 10 games played.

West Indies captain Jason Holder is the marquee player for the under-new-management Barbados Tridents ahead of this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). 

Trinbago Knight Riders announced today that they have signed Kieron Pollard as their Marquee Player for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which will be played from 4 September 4 to 12 October 2019. 

George Davis and Wayne Lewis discuss whether or not the government should do more to keep Hero Caribbean Premier League franchise, the Jamaica Tallawahs in the country. What say you?

Jamaica may very well not have a team to support when the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) begins this year. 

Barbados Tridents opener Dwayne Smith is not certain if he will be playing any part in the Hero Caribbean Premier League as a player from his home franchise after payment issues arose for a third time. 

Owner of the Barbados Tridents, exiled Indian businessman Dr Vijay Mallya should be headed home to face fraud charges after a United Kingdom court ruled that he be extradited.

According to reports coming out of India, Mallya is up against bank fraud and money-laundering charges that amount to almost US$One Billion.

Mallya left India two years ago and stays in a mansion in Hertfordshire, England, but according to a ruling in Westminster Magistrates’ Court, that could all be set to change.

While the court has signed off on Mallya’s extradition, the Home Secretary has to approve the move, with the Indian given 14 days to appeal the decision.

“We hope to bring him back soon and conclude the case,” said a Spokesman from India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

"CBI has its own inherent strengths. We worked hard on this case. We are strong on law and facts and we were confident while pursuing extradition process,” continued the spokesperson.

Just over two years ago, Mallya was considered one of the wealthiest men in India but fell into trouble when the major organization in his empire, Kingfisher Airlines, collapsed.

That collapse sparked a series of other issues with Diageo, forcing him out as chairman.

He would then lose control over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, as well as his Formula One racing team, Force India.

Despite that, the businessman has managed to keep control of the Tridents although he has not had a great time of it.

The Tridents have failed to make the playoffs in the last three seasons of the Hero Caribbean Premier League and finished bottom of the standings in this just-concluded one.

The Tridents lost eight of their last 10 games.

The Guyana Amazon Warriors beat the Trinbago Knight Riders on two occasions of three before they met in the final. Philo Wallace believes a change in the pitch was one of the things that created that imbalance and that the correct team ended up winner of the Hero Caribbean Premier League.

George Davis and Lance Whittaker believe the Trinbago Knight Riders would have won the Hero Caribbean Premier League no matter where they played, so good was the team. Do you think playing at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy was too much of an advantage?

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