Ashish Nehra, hitherto a bowling coach with Royal Challengers Bangalore, has been confirmed as a coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. He will work alongside Gary Kirsten and operate as a part of the “coaching leadership team” for the franchise.
The former India pacer, who had joined the coaching setup last season, will be working with a new coaching setup after RCB decided to do away with the services of their long-time backroom staff members – Daniel Vettori, Trent Woodhill and Andrew McDonald.
“I had the privilege to join the coaching team of RCB last season and feel very passionately about the team. I want to thank the team management for considering me in a leadership position with the franchise and look forward for the successful seasons ahead,” Nehra said.
Earlier last month, Gary Kirsten was also roped in as a coach, replacing Vettori after RCB failed to win the IPL for the 11th time.
Speaking of Nehra’s appointment, Sanjeev Churiwal, RCB chairman, said: “We are very happy to have Ashish Nehra join RCB as part of the coaching leadership team. Ashish and Gary will partner the Captain to help the team deliver better performance.”
Churiwal also confirmed AB de Villiers’ availability for the franchise next season. De Villiers, who had announced his retirement from cricket in May, will continue to play for the IPL franchise. “De Villiers will be available for RCB. We have stated our intentions on this matter in the past as well.”