Bengaluru, August 21 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) announced on Saturday that head coach Simon Katich has been suspended for personal reasons. In his place, Cricket Operations Director Mike Hesson will take over as head coach until the end of the season.
“Simon Katich has decided to resign from the post as head coach and mainly due to personal reasons. We support his decision. Mike Hesson will step in and take over as head coach until the end of this tournament. Hesson has coached the NZ team and other teams. Mike will step in until the end of the tournament, ”said Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Chief, Royal Challengers Bangalore at the press conference.
The franchise also said they have signed Sri Lanka’s duo Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera apart from Singapore’s Tim David as substitutes.
Ben-spinner Hasaranga is a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa, who had withdrawn from the tournament due to personal reasons. He was impressive in the T20I series with three matches against India and took seven wickets to an economy of 5.58.
Chameera replaces Zampa’s compatriot Daniel Sams, who has pulled out along with Kane Richardson. He was the second-highest wicket-taker after Hasaranga and took four wickets for an economy of 5.25.
Tim David replaces New Zealand’s Finn Allen, who along with other Kiwi Scott Kuggeleijn will not be available as they will be on national teams in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
David has represented Singapore in 14 T20Is and scored 558 races with an average of 46.5. He collected 279 runs with a strike rate of 153.29 for the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League 2020/21. He is currently in England and scored two and a half centuries in his last four matches in Surrey’s race to the semi-finals of the Royal London One-day Cup.
“Finn Allen and Scott Kuggeleijn have both been selected for NZ tours and they will not be part of the RCB. Kane Richardson has made himself inaccessible just like Daniel Sams. So therefore the balance in our squad has changed dramatically, ”said Hesson.
He added: “We have made many purchases that opened four to five days ago. We have replaced Adam Zampa with Wanindu Hasaranga. Sri Lanka’s Dushmantha Chameera has plenty of speed. Finn Allen is leaving, we have decided to strengthen our middle order. Tim David has joined our team. A power-play player could become a straight swap for Maxwell and de Villiers. ”
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