Jacques Kallis named chief mentor of Trinbago Knight Riders
Shah Rukh Khan owned Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) has announced that legendary South African cricketer Jacques Kallis will serve as its Chief Mentor for the 2016 HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign.
Kallis, an accomplished all-rounder who scored 19,695 first-class runs and took 427 wickets overall in an illustrious career across all three formats, was a key part of the team’s victorious campaign last year when the team was called the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel. Now he, along with head coach, Simon Helmot, will lead the charge as defending champions.
The franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan announced the tie-up on Friday (May 13) with the 40-year old South African. Kallis played 13
games for the Trinbago Knight Riders in the 2015 edition and scored 304 runs as the side clinched their maiden CPL title.
“We are very glad to have the legend on-board in the TKR set-up as Chief Mentor and I look forward to working with him closely this year”, said Simon Helmot, Head Coach of TKR.
Kallis has a long-standing association with the Knight Riders family. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) from 2011 to 2014 and played a big role in helping KKR win two IPL championships in 2012 and 2014.
He then became part of the coaching set-up of the team, before taking over the mantle of Head Coach of KKR this year.
The 2016 edition of the CPL starts on June 30.