IPL: Mike Hesson appointed RCB director of cricket operations

Sudhir Gupta 23/08/2019
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Mike Hesson.

Speculation about the future of former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson ended on Friday after IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore appointed him as their new director of cricket operations.

Hesson was recently interviewed by the BCCI for the post India’s head coach but lost out to incumbent Ravi Shastri. The Kiwi had been linked to the Pakistan coach job and was also seen as a front-runner to take over as Bangladesh coach. However, he turned down both offers.

Hesson, who had earlier resigned as coach of Kings XI Punjab, will now head operations at the perennially struggling RCB with former Australia batsman Simon Katich as head coach. Royal Challengers thus parted ways coach and mentor Gary Kirsten, along with bowling coach Ashish Nehra.

“RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team. To deliver this ambition we are very happy to announce the appointment of Mike Hesson and Simon Katich. We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture,” Sanjeev Churiwala, chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore, said in a statement.

“As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model. Consequently, we would like to thank Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra for their contribution over the past two seasons. They leave us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at Royal Challengers Bangalore wishes them all the best in the future,” he added.

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Kolkata Knight Riders reportedly set to appoint McCullum as assistant coach

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McCullum had recently announced his retirement as a player.

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum is reportedly set to join the coaching set-up of IPL outfit Kolkata Knight Riders and Caribbean Premier League (CPL) side Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming seasons.

The 37-year-old recently announced that he was hanging up his playing boots after completing his stint for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 Canada and could be now set to transition into a coaching role.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the Kiwi icon is in line to become the KKR assistant coach for the 2020 edition of the IPL and the head coach for Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming season which gets underway on September 5.

Both the T20 franchises are owned by the same group – Knight Riders and McCullum has reportedly signed on for at least one season each in both competitions.

McCullum has previously been a KKR player.

McCullum has previously been a KKR player.

KKR had recently announced the departure of head coach Jacques Kallis and assistant coach Simon Katich from their roles following the team’s failure to qualify for the play-offs of the 2019 edition of the IPL.

McCullum has previously been associated with KKR as a player and wrote himself into the history books when he struck an explosive 158 against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first-ever IPL clash in 2008.

McCullum had earlier this year expressed his desire to transition into a coaching role after announcing his retirement from the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.

The former Black Caps skipper was set to participate in the inaugural Euro T20 Slam later this month as an icon player for Glasgow Giants before he announced his retirement as a player on Monday.

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IPL: Mumbai Indians sign Sherfane Rutherford in trade deal with Delhi Capitals

Sudhir Gupta 31/07/2019
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Rutherford (l) is now a Mumbai Indians player.

Defending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians have roped in Sherfane Rutherford from Delhi Capitals after trading Mayank Markande in return.

Windies all-rounder Rutherford burst into the limelight with his displays for Guyana Amazon Warriors in the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) before going on to make his international debut against Bangladesh at the end of last year.

Rutherford was brought by Delhi Capitals in the 2018 IPL auctions with the 20-year-old putting in some impressive displays over the course of the season.

Meanwhile, young leg-spinner Markande was able to make just three appearances for Mumbai Indians in the 2019 edition of the IPL after what was a sensational debut campaign for him in 2018.

The youngster had claimed 15 wickets in his maiden IPL campaign last year but saw himself overtaken by fellow leg-spinner Rahul Chahar in the pecking order in the 2019 edition.

“We wish Mayank the very best for his future. Mayank is a brilliant talent and we were fortunate to have spotted and nurtured him early,” Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani stated.

“It is a difficult decision for us, but we are releasing Mayank for better cricketing prospects and know that Mayank is on the cusp of emerging as yet another shining star of Indian cricket. He will always be a part of the Mumbai Indians family.

“I am excited to welcome the talented Sherfane into our family. Sherfane has impressed us with his all-round skills and match-winning attitude. His exploits across the world at such an early stage of his career has been impressive and we believe he will find his home at Mumbai Indians.”

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