Cricket

IPL coaching role for Kallis

2014-12-05 11:18
Jacques Kallis (AP)
Cape Town - Jacques Kallis will not play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year, but will stay involved as a mentor and batting consultant for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Kallis, 39, was first purchased by KKR in 2011 for $1.1m after representing the Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008 to 2010.

However this year Kallis, who recently retired from all forms of international cricket, couldn't recreate his earlier form with the franchise, scoring only 151 runs in eight matches.

The Knight Riders subsequently announced they would be using Kallis in a coaching capacity.

"KKR has been my Indian family for the last four years. I have built fantastic relationships with the management and the players and have been very fortunate to assist KKR in winning two IPL Championships," Kallis said via a media release issued by the franchise.

"Over the past year I have had a chance to think about my future and when KKR approached me with this long-term offer, I jumped at it. KKR is a great brand and I am really looking forward to assisting them in my new role as mentor and batting consultant."

Kallis will be part of the Knight Riders coaching staff comprising Trevor Bayliss, Wasim Akram and Vijay Dahiya.

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