In a recent development, ex-Australia batsman Simon Katich has been roped in as the head coach of the Cape Town franchise in the new T20 league in SA, Mumbai Indians revealed earlier today on Thursday. After the success of the IPL, Franchise-based T20 leagues have proliferated across the globe with the annual competition getting an extended 10-week window from mid-March to the end of May in the next four-year calendar.
Proteas batsman Hashim Amla will act as the batting coach at MI Cape Town, one of six franchises in the SA20 competition. All six teams have been bought by owners of Indian Premier League (IPL) sides.
Simon Katich focussed on leveraging local talents and honouring MI core values
Katich, who has coached a number of IPL teams said, “It is always special to put together a new team, hone skills and build a team culture. I look forward to ensuring that MI Cape Town develops into a team that leverages local talent and has MI core values at its heart.”
MI’s owners also recently purchased MI Emirates in the United Arab Emirates-based International League T20 competition. Mumbai Indians have recently revamped their coaching set-up, promoting former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene to global head of performance from head coach. Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was assigned the role of global head of cricket development from his previous position as director of cricket operations.
JP Duminy named head coach of Rajasthan Royals-owned Paarl Royals
In another development earlier today, the Rajasthan Royals-owned Paarl Royals named former SA international JP Duminy as their head coach.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, the Royals’ director of cricket, said they would use their IPL experience to help replicate the IPL side’s brand of “entertaining and passionate cricket” in SA.