Lara has been named a strategic advisor and batting coach, while Steyn, who has played for several IPL franchises including the Sunrisers and picked up 97 wickets in 95 tournament games, will be their rhythm coach. Steyn had announced his retirement of all forms of cricket in August.
Tom moody, who was the team’s cricket manager last season, returns as head coach after Trevor Bayliss decision to separate from the franchise. Under Bayliss, Sunrisers finished last in the 2021 IPL, winning just three out of 14 matches in the group stage. While Moody, a household name in the setup, had coached the team for seven straight years from 2013 to 2019 and helped the Sunrers win the title in 2016. Under Moody, the team also moved past the group stages to five. times.
Another big change in the revamped support staff includes the appointment of the former Aussie hitter and coach Simon katich as an assistant coach, while the former Indian hitter Hemang Badani was appointed field coach and scout. Katich was the head coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore during IPL 2021.
Muttiah Muralidaran continues to be the spin bowling coach for the next edition.
Ahead of mega auction on February 12 and 13, Sunrisers selected three players, including captain Kane Williamson, uncapped fast pitcher Umran Malik and uncapped all-rounder Abdul Samad.