IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals part ways with head coach Andrew McDonald.
IPL 2021: The inaugural champions on Sunday announced that the franchise has parted ways with head coach Andrew McDonald ahead of the Indian Premier League season. The decision comes after, RR appointed former Indian fielding coach Trevor Penny as their lead assistant coach.
The lead assistant coach will now work closely with the newly appointed director of cricket operations, Kumar Sangakkara for the upcoming season of IPL.
Rajasthan Royals have given Kumar Sangakkara the rights to revamp the coaching staff and clarified that he will be the decision-maker for the franchise. In the meantime, previous years batting coach of RR Amol Mazumdar is now appointed as the ‘out-of-season High-Performance Batting coach.
“Trevor Penny will work closely with Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, captain Sanju Samson and the leadership team comprising the coaching staff: spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahatule, fast bowling coach Rob aseell, and fielding coach Dishant Yagnik alongside international senior players like Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. Zubin Bharucha will be an integral part of this team in the role of Strategy, Development and Performance Director, feeding into Sangakkara, the decision-maker in the structure,” the Royals said.
Andrew McDonald stepped into the cash-rich league with his unique coaching profile but the former could not take the Royals to success. Although the franchise saw the flashes of the same in the initial games last time.
Trevor Penny has worked with many national teams in past and is the regular face in Carrebian Premier League and Bangladesh Premier Leagues. Penny has also worked with Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past.
The former champions have done massive changes to the squad whether it is on the management side or in the squad. It will be interesting to watch if the changes pay them off nicely in the upcoming season of IPL.