Brendon McCullum is set to take over as England’s red ball coach now that Ben Stokes is captain. The New Zealander is understood to have agreed in principle to assume the job.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already made a formal offer, according to Cricbuzz, after conversations that started a few days ago. An announcement is expected in the coming days. McCullum, who is currently the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League, has spoken with Rob Key, the England men’s team’s new Managing Director (IPL).

He will become the ECB’s second incumbent KKR coach if the deal is approved. Trevor Bayliss, who had been under contract with the IPL franchise for a long time, had already been purchased.

Bayliss received a hefty offer from former ECB director Andrew Strauss to compensate for his IPL earnings at the time. Even today, the McCullum offer is thought to be appealing, and the New Zealander, who has 101 Test caps, is said to have informed his present employer.

“We have nothing to say at this moment. The recruiting procedure is still in progress. Most likely, a decision will be reached this week “An ECB spokesman spoke with Cricbuzz.