Brendon McCullum takes the position previously held by Chris Silverwood, who oversaw the test and limited-overs teams. The ECB has decided the red-ball and white-ball duties should be split going forward.
“In taking this role on, I am acutely aware of the significant challenges the team faces at present,” McCullum said, “and I strongly believe in my ability to help the team emerge as a stronger force once we’ve confronted them head-on.
“I’ve enjoyed several robust conversations with Rob Key about the direction of travel for the team and have found his enthusiasm contagious. I’m no stranger to bringing about change within a team environment, and I can’t wait to get started.”
McCullum described Stokes as “the perfect character to inspire change around him.”
“I look forward to working closely with him to build a successful unit around us,” McCullum said.
McCullum will travel to England after the Knight Riders complete their IPL group campaign on May 18, subject to obtaining a working visa.