Former champions Rajasthan Royals have roped in Australian coach and cricketer Andrew McDonald as their new Head coach for a tenure of three years.
Andrew McDonald, former coach of BBL champions Melbourne Renegades, was appointed as coach after the franchise’s board meeting on Monday. McDonald’s 1st assignment as head coach of RR will be at IPL auction, scheduled for December 19 in Kolkata.
The interview panel for the Head Coach process included external experts and internal leadership which included Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.
McDonald has been a part of the Indian Premier League in the past as he played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2009 season before being signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012-2013. He was also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“We are delighted to appoint Andrew as our Head Coach. He shares our belief of discovering potential and championing dreams and is aligned with our vision to continue to drive innovation in the IPL. Andrew will be preparing for the season by sharing experiences and best practices with exceptional coaches in other sports and will be visiting India in the near future to meet the Royals team, both on and off the field.” said Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals.
McDonald’s appointment comes at a time Royals are struggling to make an impact in IPL despite the presence of big names like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith in the side.
“I’m delighted to join the Royals family. It’s a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world.” Andrew McDonald said.