Former champions Kolkata Knight Riders today named Simon Katich as their new assistant coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) ninth season.
The former Australian opener, currently associated with an Australian Rules Football team, will be an assistant coach of the team that will be helmed by Jacques Kallis. Kallis was recently appointed as KKR’s head coach. The change in KKR support staff was necessitated following the exit of Trevor Bayliss, who quit the franchise to take up the head coach job of the England team.
Making the announcement, CEO & MD of KKR Venky Mysore said: “Katich is a great addition to ‘Team KKR’. I am sure his T20 experience, as well as his well-organised coaching skills, will come in handy for the KKR players.
Welcoming Katich on Board, Kallis said: “It is great to have Simon on my management team. I have played many games against him and his understanding of the game is very good. He is a great asset to have and I really look forward to formulating plans with him and the rest of the team to help KKR to another title in 2016.”
The 56-Test veteran used to open the innings for Australia and Perth Scorchers and was also a handy chinaman bowler.
Katich also led his Big Bash League side Perth Scorchers to the title in 2014 before hanging up his boots.
The 40-year-old now works with Australian Football League’s club Western Sydney Giants as Operations manager.
Katich’s name, it is learnt, was recommended by Bayliss himself as both worked together at Sydney Sixers. Apart from being an Understudy to Bayliss, the 40-year-old Australian, who previously played for Kings XI Punjab, had also worked under Justin Langer as an assistant coach in Perth.
KKR will continue to have the services of Wasim Akram, who has been with the team as its bowling coach. However, there is no information about Vijay Dahia, who has been the team’s assistant coach for over four years. The KKR officials were not immediately contacted.