IPL: Bangalore sack Gary Kirsten, Ashish Nehra; Simon Katich appointed as head coach


Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Team Bangalore have sacked Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra from the post of batting and bowling coach, respectively in the wake of the team’s continuous disappointing performances in the T20 League.

Meanwhile, the franchise have also roped in former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as director of cricket and former Australian cricketer Simon Katich as head coach.

Announcing the changes, Team Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said that the decision to switch to single-coach model was necessary for the franchise to achieve “high performance”.

Churiwala further said that Hesson and Katich has the necessary experience to create a “winning culture” at Bangalore, who have never managed to taste glory despite reaching the final thrice.

“We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture. As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single-coach model,” he said.

While Hesson will be responsible for “defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the franchise’s cricketing pathway, Katich will “inculcate the high-performance culture” in the team.

It is to be recalled that Hesson was one of the six candidates shortlisted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for India’s head coach role. However, he narrowly lost to incumbent Ravi Shastri for th high-profile position.

Katich, on the other hand, was the assistant coach of Team Kolkata till the last season of the IPL.