IPL 2021: There have been major changes in the Royal Challengers team for the second part of the Indian Premier League Season 14. Head coach Simon Katich has stepped down for personal reasons. However, RCB has also announced the replacement. RCB’s Director of Cricket Operations Mike Hesson will take over as the coach till the end of this season.
Hesson was informed by the management of RCB about leaving the post of coach. RCB said, “Simon Katich has decided to step down from his position as head coach and mainly for personal reasons. We support his decision. Mike Hesson will serve as the head coach until the end of this tournament. Hesson is coaching New Zealand.”
The franchise also said that it has roped in the Sri Lankan pair of Vanindu Hasaranga and Dusmantha Chamira as replacements, apart from Singapore’s Tim David. Leg-spinner Hasaranga will replace Australia’s Adam Zampa, who pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. He looked impressive in the three-match T20I series against India and took seven wickets at an economy rate of 5.58.
Chamira replaces Zampa’s teammate Daniel Sams, who has dropped out with Kane Richardson. He was the second highest wicket-taker after Hasranga, taking four wickets at an economy rate of 5.25.
Two New Zealand players are not available for the second part of IPL 14. Hesson said, “Both Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn have been selected for the New Zealand tour and will not be part of RCB. Kane Richardson has declared himself unavailable. That’s why changes have been made in our team.
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