Legendary West Indies drummer Brian Lara was hired by Sunrisers Hyderabad as the Franchise Strategic Advisor and Batting Coach. Lara joins a new support team which also sees the addition of former Indian cricketer Hemang Badani in a dual role of coach and scout. And as announced on December 16, Dale Steyn will join the franchise as coach of the bowling team.
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Brian Lara will serve as SRH’s strategic advisor and hitting coach. ©Getty
Apart from Steyn, Lara and Badani, the Hyderabad franchise has also pledged Simon Katitch as an assistant coach. The former Australian drummer recently served as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore before withdrawing from the UAE leg of IPL 2021 due to personal reasons. Katich, 46, replaces compatriot Brad Haddin, who was the franchise’s assistant coach.
The sweeping changes to behind-the-scenes staff at SRH follow a sad season 2021 in which the team finished bottom of the standings after making the playoffs in each of the previous five seasons. Subsequently, the franchise parted ways with head coach Trevor Bayliss, who was replaced in that position by Tom Moody.
VVS Laxman had to resign after joining the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. The 2016 Champions, however, retained Muttiah Muralitharan in their support squad. The Lankan legend, who until then acted as the mentor of the franchise, was assigned as a strategy and spin bowling coach.
CVC authorization coming soon
Meanwhile, as reported by this website, CVC Sports is expected to get the green light from BCCI soon. The perception within the IPL is that the issue has been settled and only the franchise agreement is waiting to be signed between the regulator (BCCI) and the stakeholder (CVC). Those familiar with the developments say things will change once signed documents from the external committee formed to review the activities of the US venture capital firm are received by the board. The oral green light is believed to have been given by the panel, which included a retired Supreme Court justice.
Cricbuzz also understands that Gary Kirsten, the coach of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning coach, is in the running to be part of the Ahmedabad team’s support staff, as is Ashish Nehra, a former Indian bowler, who was also part of that all-conquering Indian team of 2011. Former England batsman Vikram Solanki can also feature in his coaching staff. CVC had previously held talks with recent Indian coaches – Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun and R Sridhar. A final decision is expected after the US investment firm signs on the dotted line.