Rajasthan Royals is the former champion of the Indian Premier League, having won the title in 2008. Andrew McDonald was roped in as the head coach in 2019 on a three-year deal. RR has failed to fire in the past two seasons, having finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Rajasthan Royals has parted ways with the head coach, Andrew McDonald. While an official announcement is awaited on the same from the franchise, the replacement coach's call is to be made soon.
According to a report by ESPNCrcinfo, the franchise is trying to renegotiate a different role with McDonald, while he was hardly active during the IPL Auction 2021 last week. Furthermore, it all happens following the appointment of Kumar Sangakkara as the team director.
McDonald had signed a three-year deal with RR in 2019. However, the side's performance since then has not at all been impressive, having managed to finish seven and eighth, respectively. Nonetheless, the side did manage to produce a top player, as all-rounder Rahul Tewatia has been called up to Team India for the upcoming Twenty20 Internationals against England.
Notably, it's all happening for RR following the appointment of Kumar Sangakkara as the team director. The report also adds that he is the favourite to take up the role of head coach. Meanwhile, Trevor Penney has been roped in as the lead assistant coach, RR announced on Sunday. As for the other RR support staff, it remains the same.
"It is fantastic to have Trevor Penney on board here at Rajasthan Royals. He is very experienced and understands the game very well, which I am sure will help contribute to the players and squad's overall growth. I am confident Trevor's appointment is going to set us on the right pathway and it will be wonderful to have him work with our squad," said Sangakkara following Penney's appointment.
Rajasthan Royals squad for IPL 2021
Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Christ Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, KC Cariappa, Akash Singh and Kuldip Yadav.
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Last Updated Feb 21, 2021, 5:44 PM IST