Kolkata Knight Riders part ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich

Jacques Kallis was involved with KKR since 2011 - first as a player and then as a coach. However, his decision making and man-management skills were criticized in the IPL 2019, which might have prompted the franchise to take the decision.
Kolkata Knight Riders part ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon KatichKolkata Knight Riders part ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich
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IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders parted ways with head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich on Sunday. No replacements have been named as yet. 

The team had a poor IPL 2019, and even though they finished fifth, seven losses on the row meant that they were always playing catch-up in the end. Rifts between Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell were also reported, with the West Indian not happy with some of the decisions taken by the management. Kallis was also in the news for his decision of holding Russell back in crucial games, even when former players had felt that pushing the in-form player up the batting order was the need of the hour. 

However, KKR's CEO Venky Mysore stated that Kallis could still be a part of their plans in the future. "Jacques Kallis has been an integral part of the KKR family and will always remain so," Mysore said. "We will be exploring ways of working with Jacques as we pursue our vision of establishing the Knight Riders brand as a global brand."

Kallis had been involved with KKR since 2011, first as a player and then as a coach. He was appointed as the head coach in 2015 - the same time Katich was brought on board as well. Under the duo, KKR won 32 of their 61 matches, qualifying for three successive play-offs as well. 

"After nine fantastic years with KKR since 2011, as a player, mentor and Head Coach, it's time to explore new opportunities," Kallis said. "I would to like to thank the owners, management and fellow players for many happy memories."

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