Former Australia pace bowler, Brett Lee, has denied the offer to be bowling coach of IPL Franchise Chennai Super Kings, a report in Mirror suggests.
Brett Lee has had earlier performed the role of bowling coach of Ireland side before the World Cup 2015. He was also a part of Ruby Kanchi Warriors as a mentor in Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) in 2016. He is currently busy with his commentary commitments, the reason behind him denying the role.
If Brett Lee had accepted the role, he would have replaced Andy Bichel in the role. Bichel was the bowling coach of CSK in 2015. He took up the job before IPL 4 in 2011. The current progress suggests that he might be replaced now.
CSK will have now to continue their search for a bowling coach as they have almost inked on rest of key members of their coaching staff.
Stephen Fleming is all set to retain his job as Head Coach of CSK while Michael Hussey will perform the role of batting coach. Former India player, Hrishikesh Kanitkar will also perform the role of Assistant Coach.
CSK is the only franchise till now who have confirmed the players they would be retaining. They have decided to retain MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. They are yet to decide on the third player they would retain and there will be a toss-up between Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Dwayne Bravo. They can retain one more player ahead of the auction and will then be allowed to use Right to Match (RTM) card on two players.
Dhoni, CSK’s first preference, played for Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL 9 and 10. He led the team in the first season and was replaced by Steven Smith later. Raina, CSK’s second preference, played and led Gujarat Lions (GL) in both the seasons. GL qualified till qualifiers in the first season while failed to emulate their success in their second and the last season.