Daniel Vettori sacked as RCB head coach, according to a report from Bangalore Mirror.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fans should buckle up for a massive change in their beloved franchise, with many big names being sacked by the management.
The team’s support staff has been laid off, but those who have the support of captain Virat Kohli remain untouched. RCB’s bowling mentor, Ashish Nehra, joined the RCB last season and will continue his services for the Bangalore side.
Reports claim that the franchise’s head coach, New Zealand legend Daniel Vettori has been sacked along with Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald. Australia’s Woodhill gave his services as the batting and fielding coach while McDonald was the bowling coach of the side.
The Diageo management, who own RCB, are reported to have made these big decisions following a dip in the Indian Premier League (IPL) side’s form over the past few seasons. Despite having big names including AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in their armor, RCB finished sixth last season, gaining just 12 points from the 14 league games and failing to qualify.
Moreover, the change has also occurred in the administrative set-up of the franchise, as boss Amrit Thomas is being replaced with Sanjeev Churiwala, but for another reason.
Amrit Thomas, who was appointed to look after the team, has been internally promoted and sent to Europe for a bigger task. On the other hand, Churiwala, who was the CFO of the beverage firm, will now also step in as the chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Coming back to RCB, the new coaching staff is tipped to be announced next week, with reports claiming that the recommendations have come from skipper Kohli.
South African coach, Gary Kirsten, is the most favourite to succeed Daniel Vettori as the head coach, as Kirsten also led the Indian team to their famous 2011 World Cup win at home.
However, other reports claim that India’s current batting coach, Sanjay Bangar, is expected to become the new head coach of the Diageo-owned franchise.
Nevertheless, if Bangar happens to join the IPL side, he will suffer from the conflict of interest clause. There have been attempts previously to bring exceptions for the coaching staff of India, including giving permission to current Indian head coach Ravi Shastri to commentate in the IPL. However, the proposal has been completely rejected by the Committee of Administrators (CoA).
A representative of Diageo has denied mentioning any details, claiming that nothing has been yet decided. However, sources from RCB, the Indian team and the IPL have confirmed the changes in the coaching staff.