Rajasthan Royals appoints Kumar Sangakkara as director of cricket ahead of IPL 2021

“It is a privilege to join the Royals of Rajasthan and I am excited about the new challenge,” Sangakkara said.

Kumara Sangakkara. (Photo by Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP / Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals today announced the appointment of former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara as director of cricket for the upcoming season 14 of the Indian Premier League. Kumar will immediately begin working with the team.

Kumar, the current president of the Marylebone Cricket Club, will be responsible for overseeing the entire cricket ecosystem of the Royal franchise, including the coaching structure, auction plans and team strategy, talent discovery and development, as well as the development of Royals Academy in Nagpur.

Welcoming Kumar to the family, Mike Fordham, CEO of Rajasthan Royals Group, said: “Kumar brings a wealth of knowledge to cricket as a player and leader. We are delighted to see him join the squad and we are confident that Kumar will motivate, challenge and inspire our players and coaches, which will translate into success on the pitch.

An undisputed big of the modern game, Kumar has scored over 28,000 points for Sri Lanka over a hugely successful 16-year span and has the highest batting average of any player in the past 46 years. The left-hander graced the IPL for the first time in his inaugural season in 2008, and started with a stylish fifty on his debut against CSK MS Dhoni. This first season allowed him to accumulate 320 points in ten games, guiding Kings XI to a top four.

The following seasons saw the southpaw maintain the consistency people expected of him, steadily scoring over 300 points in his first four seasons. In his last IPL season, in 2013, Sangakkara presented himself as the leader of the Sunrisers Hyderabad, leading the team on and off the pitch, helping them secure a playoff berth in an extraordinary way.

He is very experienced in T20 cricket, winning the ICC World T20 in 2014 and helping Sri Lanka reach the ICC World T20 finals also in 2009 and 2012. He has played for T20 franchises in India, England, the Caribbean , Australia and Bangladesh.

Since the end of his playing career in 2017, after a record summer for Surrey, he has remained deeply engaged in the game with various roles: he was a long-term member of the MCC World Cricket Committee and became the first non – British President of MCC in October 2019; he is a member of the National Sports Council of Sri Lanka and embarked on a successful career in broadcasting as a regular expert commentator for SKY Sports and Star Sports.

Kumar Sangakkara privileged after joining RR

Commenting on his nomination, Kumar Sangakkara said: “It is a privilege to join the Royals of Rajasthan and I am excited about the new challenge. Overseeing a franchise’s cricket strategy in the world’s leading cricket competition, as well as building the development programs and cricket infrastructure that will provide the future basis for the IPL team’s on-field success, is an opportunity that really motivated me.

“I have really enjoyed talking to the executive group over the past few weeks and can’t wait to get started. The team includes some of the best players in the world and some great personalities so it’s going to be fun and very exciting working with this group.

“I am delighted that Kumar came on board and we have already had good conversations together. He is someone who has had an exceptional cricket career himself and who obviously understands the modern game. It’s great to have a good all-time goalkeeper with us, he’s someone who put on a lot of hats, he was a fantastic goalie-beater, he led Sri Lanka with grace and class all through. long and did so for years with the Sri Lanka national team. through formats.

“He is someone who has shown great character both on and off the pitch and the values ​​we associate with him are the same as those we embody here at the Rajasthan Royals. It’s wonderful to have someone like him at the helm and it will be fantastic to learn from him. I look forward to getting started and working with him in the seasons to come, ”added Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson.

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