IPL NEW RENTALS
Brian Lara becomes SRH’s strategic advisor and batting coach. © Getty
Legendary West Indian batsman Brian Lara has been signed by Sunrisers Hyderabad as the franchise’s strategic advisor and batting coach. Lara joins a new-looking support team that also sees the addition of former Indian cricketer Hemang Badani in a dual role as coach and scout. And as reported on December 16, Dale Steyn will join the franchise as the team’s bowling coach.
In addition to Steyn, Lara and Badani, the Hyderabad franchise has also chosen Simon Katich as assistant coach. The former Australian batsman most recently served as head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore before withdrawing from the UAE section of IPL 2021 for personal reasons. The 46-year-old Katich replaces compatriot Brad Haddin, who was the assistant coach for the franchise.
The sweeping changes in the backroom staff at SRH come in the wake of a sad 2021 season, with the team finishing at the bottom of the rankings after reaching the playoffs in each of the five seasons before it. Subsequently, the franchise parted ways with head coach Trevor Bayliss, who has been replaced in the position of Tom Moody.
Plumbing Laxman had to stop after joining the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. However, the 2016 Champions have retained Muttiah Muralitharan in their support staff. The Lankan legend, who had so far acted as a mentor for the franchise, has been appointed as strategy and spin bowling coach.
CVC approval coming soon
In the meantime, as has been reported by this website, CVC Sports is expected to get it all clear from BCCI soon. The view in IPL is that the matter is settled and only the franchise agreement is waiting to be signed between the regulator (BCCI) and the stakeholder (CVC). Those familiar with the development say things will move once the signed papers from the external committee set up to investigate the U.S. venture capital firm’s business are received by the board. The oral green light is believed to have been given by the panel, which consisted of a retired judge from the Supreme Court.
Cricbuzz also understands that Gary Kirsten, the coach of India’s World Cup winning coach in 2011, is in the race to become part of the support staff of the Ahmedabad team just like Ashish Nehra, a former India bowler who was also a part of it. all-conquering Indian side of 2011. Former English batsman Vikram Solanki may also appear on their coaching staff. CVC had previously had talks with recent Indian coaches – Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. A final decision is expected after the US investment company signs the dotted lines.