IPL 2021: The Rajasthan Royals part ways with head coach Andrew McDonald.
IPL 2021: The first champions announced on Sunday that the franchise had parted ways with head coach Andrew McDonald ahead of the Indian Premier League season. The decision comes after, RR appointed former Indian coach Trevor Penny as head assistant coach.
The head assistant coach will now work closely with the new cricket operations manager, Kumar Sangakkara, for the upcoming IPL season.
Rajasthan Royals gave Kumar Sangakkara the rights to reorganize the coaching staff and made it clear that he would be the franchise decision maker. In the meantime, RR batting coach of previous years Amol Mazumdar is now appointed off-season high performance batting coach.
“Trevor Penny will work closely with Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara, Captain Sanju Samson and the management team including the coaching staff: Spin Bowling Coach Sairaj Bahatule, Fast Bowling Coach Rob aseell and coach Dishant Yagnik alongside senior international players like Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Zubin Bharucha will be an integral part of this team as director of strategy, development and performance, feeding Sangakkara, the decision maker of the structure, ” the Royals said.
Andrew McDonald entered the silver-rich league with his unique coaching profile, but the former couldn’t lead the Royals to success. Although the franchise saw flashes of the same in the early games the last time around.
Trevor Penny has worked with many national teams in the past and is the regular face of the Carrebian Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League. Penny has also worked with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past.
The former champions have made massive changes to the squad, be it on the management or squad side. It will be interesting to see if the changes pay them off in the next IPL season.
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