IPL Franchise, RCB( Royal Challengers Bengaluru) is revamping its setup. They appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as director of cricket operations and Australian Simon Katich as the new head coach.

The RCB said that in his new capacity, Hesson will be responsible for the team’s overall cricket operations, including defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in the best practices in ‘all aspects of the outfit’s cricketing pathway’.

All players of RCB and coaching team will be working closely with Hesson and he will be an integral part of team management.

The chairman, Sanjeev Churiwala said in a statement, “RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavor 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.”

With the new appointments, the team has parted ways with Gary Kristen, coach and mentor of the team in the previous season, as well as bowling consultant Ashish Nehra.

Churiwala said, “As a result of this reconstructing exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model. Consequently, we would like to thank Gary Kristen and Ashish Nehra for their contribution over the past two seasons.

“They leave us with a legacy of having given 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.”


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