Kolkata: Former England cricketer Richard Pybus is almost certain to take over as Kolkata Knight Riders cricket coach and his appointment for the high-profile job would be formally announced on Sunday.
KKR management had shortlisted a host of coaches during a fortnight-long screening process last month to select the new coach for the IPL's third season.
Pybus coached South Africa's domestic team Border, before twice coaching the Pakistan between 1999-2001 and 2003. Following a second spell with Border, he coached Titans between 2005 and 2006/07. He coached Pakistan team for the 1999 world cup.
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Another England cricketer, Dermott Reeve, too had been shortlisted but Pybus' T20 successes tilted the scales.
Five other candidates, including foreigners a former Pakistan team coach, ex-England coach Duncan Fletcher and former Australian batsman Michael Bevan, were interviewed earlier this month for the high-profile job.
Ex-India coach and Test opener Lalchand Rajput and former batsmen Ashok Malhotra and WV Raman, currently coaching Tamil Nadu in Ranji Trophy, had also been interviewed, making it a total of eleven people vying for the post.
The post has been lying vacant following the sacking of former Australia team coach John Buchanan after the team's dismal display in the first two editions of the Indian Premier League in India and South Africa.