IPL 2024: Andy Flower to step in as RCB head coach

IPL 2024: Andy Flower to step in as RCB head coach
IPL 2024: Andy Flower to step in as RCB head coach

IPL 2024: Andy Flower to step in as RCB head coach

IPL 2024: Andy Flower is on the verge of taking over as the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), replacing Mike Hesson, who has been the director of cricket operations for the franchise until August 31. It is anticipated that the rest of the RCB support staff, including head coach Sanjay Bangar, will also be departing alongside Hesson.

According to reports, Flower is likely to succeed RCB director of cricket operations Mike Hesson. Hesson contract with the Challengers will be up on August 31.

Mike Hesson’s support staff, including head coach Sanjay Bangar is also set to depart along with him.

Flower parted ways with Lucknow Super Giants after the IPL 2023 season following a 2-year stint with the team.

The RCB, owned by UK-based Diageo, is known for making well-considered decisions backed by thorough research. Mike Hesson’s appointment in 2019 was a result of a diligent selection process. Now, it seems the team has similarly evaluated Andy Flower, a highly respected figure in international cricket circles.

Andy Flower’s coaching experience extends to various T20 teams worldwide. Including the St. Lucia Zouks in the CPL (2020), Multan Sultans in the PSL (2021), and Gulf Giants in the ILT20 (2023). He has also worked as a consultant with the Australian team during the recent Ashes series. Also part of their dressing room for the last three Ashes Tests.

Attempts to reach Flower, RCB officials, and skipper Faf du Plessis via text messages have been unsuccessful so far. However, there are strong indications within the Indian Premier League community that the deal with Flower finalized. Last month, the franchise officials had stated that they couldn’t make a decision on the coach. While the contracts of the Hesson-led staff were still in effect.

Mike Hesson’s association with RCB began in 2019, during which the team reached the playoffs for three consecutive years. Unfortunately, their hopes for a top-four finish in the IPL 2023 dashed by Shubman Gill’s exceptional performance in a crucial must-win match.

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