With Ben Stokes at the helm as captain, Brendon McCullum is expected to take over as England’s red ball coach. The New Zealander is said to have accepted to take the post in principle.

According to Cricbuzz, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has already made a formal offer after discussions began a few days ago, and an announcement is likely in the coming days. McCullum, who is now the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the Indian Premier League, has been in contact with Rob Key, the new Managing Director of the England men’s squad (IPL).

If the contract goes through, he will become the ECB’s second incumbent KKR coach. They had already acquired Trevor Bayliss, who was under contract with the IPL team for a long time.

Former ECB director Andrew Strauss offered Bayliss a substantial offer to compensate for his IPL earnings at the time. Even now, the McCullum offer is said to be fairly attractive, and the New Zealander, who has played 101 Tests, is said to have told his current employer.

“At this point, we have nothing to say. The hiring process is still on. A decision will most likely be made this week “Cricbuzz talked with an ECB representative.