IPL news October 21, 2015

Kallis appointed Knight Riders head coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jacques Kallis has been a part of Kolkata Knight Riders since 2011 © BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders have signed Jacques Kallis as their new head coach for the upcoming season. Kallis will succeed Trevor Bayliss, who took over as head coach of England in June. Kallis, who has been with the franchise since 2011, was the team's batting consultant in IPL 2015.

"KKR is my family in India and the association since 2011 has been one of the most enjoyable experiences for me," Kallis said. "I look forward to the new challenge and feel honoured to be part of the KKR family."

Venky Mysore, Knight Riders' chief executive, said the Kallis signing ensured a smooth transition for the team. "We couldn't be happier that Jacques agreed to take on the role as head coach of KKR," Mysore said. "The respect and regard he commands in the dressing room as well as his fondness for KKR made him our ideal choice."