Former Australian cricketer, Michael Hussey is all set to make a comeback in IPL, this time as a coach as he has been appointed as the batting coach of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a report in Mirror suggests.
The team owners of CSK were already looking to rope in their former player, and they have successfully offered a role to him as well. Michael Hussey will join the coaching panel headed by Stephen Fleming, who is most likely to take over as Head Coach. Only an official release is to come out from the franchise.
Hussey played for CSK from 2008 to 2013. He was purchased by Mumbai Indians in 2014 auction before being regained by CSK in 2015.
Hussey joins his former franchise with an experience of 59 IPL games in which he scored 1977 runs at an average of 38.76. The report also adds that former India player, Hrishikesh Kanitkar will too join CSK in the capacity of Assistant Coach. He was with the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise in the last season. Kanitkar is presently the Head Coach of Tamil Nadu Ranji Trophy team. Tamil Nadu won the Vijay Hazare Trophy title in 2016/17 season under Kantikar’s tutelage.
In other franchises, only Kings XI Punjab have confirmed that they have roped in Brad Hodge as their Head Coach. Hodge was associated with Gujarat Lions in the past two seasons. Hodge will be reporting to Virender Sehwag, who is donning various hats.
Meanwhile, it has already been confirmed that Ricky Ponting will not be coaching an IPL team. Instead, Cricket Australia is looking forward to roping him as coach of their T20 side. He is expected to take up the job soon and will continue until 2020.
The next edition of T20 World Cup will be played in Australia in 2020.