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IPL / Bengaluru appointed Mike Hewson as director; Katich to be head coach, Kirsten and Nehra removed

Game desk. Indian Premier League (IPL) team Royal Challengers Bangalore removed head coach Gary Kirsten and bowling coach Ashish Nehra from the post. Former New Zealand coach Mike Hewson was made director of cricket and former Australia opener Simon Katich as head coach. Nehra and Kirsten were associated with the 2011 World Cup winning Indian team. Nehra was then the bowler in the team and Kirsten was with the Indian team as the head coach.

Bengaluru replaced Kirsten in 2018, replacing New Zealand's Daniel Vettori, but the team's performance under his coaching was disappointing. Bengaluru was sixth in 2018 and eighth in 2019. The team had earlier reached the finals in 2016. Under Kohli's captaincy, Bangalore could not win a single title so far. Katich has been the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders and Hessen Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

Bengaluru's team returned to a coach's model,
Bangalore chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said, "The purpose of a coach's return to the model is that the franchise wants the best out of the players. Bengaluru aims to perform as a dependable, respected and best T20 franchise. Both Hessen and Katich have the experience necessary to make us a winning team. Katison's experience as well as Hesson's experience of building strong teams will make us a winning team. '

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