The IPL Rajasthan Royals franchise parted ways with head coach Andrew McDonald on Sunday after mutually agreeing to “go in different directions when it comes to the leadership structure.”
The first champions also announced that they have signed former Zimbabwean cricketer Trevor Penney as head assistant coach for the coming season.
“Everyone at Rajasthan Royals would like to thank Andrew for his efforts leading up to IPL Season 13,” Jake Lush McCrum, COO, Rajasthan Royals, said in a franchise press release.
During his coaching career, Penney has worked with countries like India, Sri Lanka, England as well as associated nations like the Netherlands and the United States.
Currently employed by the West Indies working with their white ball teams, Penny is also a regular star of the T20 franchise circuit with past experiences in the IPL, the Caribbean Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League, among others.
“He has coached the team through an incredibly difficult COVID restriction period and we wish him the best for his future efforts with the Australian men’s cricket team and the Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred,” he added.
Penney worked as a player for seventeen years with Warwickshire County Cricket Club before beginning his long career as a coach across the world.
He will work with Royals director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara, captain Sanju Samson and the management team consisting of spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahatule, fast bowling coach Rob Cassell and coach Dishant Yagnik. .
Speaking about Penny’s appointment, Sangakkara said, “He’s very experienced and understands the game very well, which I’m sure will help the overall growth of the players and the team.
“I have no doubts that the appointment of Trevor will put us on the right track and it will be wonderful to have him work with our team.
“As part of the restructuring, Amol Muzumdar’s role changes to that of off-season high performance hitting coach to support the RR team and academies,” the RR statement added.