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Andy Flower steps down as Punjab Kings’ assistant coach

Andy Flower has stepped down as the assistant coach of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Punjab Kings (PBKS) and is most likley to sign a new contract with one of the two new franchise for the next season of the cash-rich league.

Flower, the former Zimbabwe captain, had earlier worked as a coach in England for more than ten years. He was signed by PBKS ahead of the 2020 season of IPL. It was under Flower’s guidance when the England team had won the T20 World Cup title in 2010 and the number one spot in the Test rankings.

“It is correct, Andy has left Punjab Kings. He wanted to explore other opportunities and we respect that,” Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

Wadia, however, said that Flower will continue to remain the head coach of their Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise St Lucia Zouks.

The development comes at a time when KL Rahul, the PBKS captain for the past two IPL seasons, decided to part ways with the Punjab-based franchise, which had wanted to retain him for the upcoming season.

Earlier on Tuesday, Punjab had retained only two players — Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh — ahead of the mega IPL auction in January.

Meanwhile, several reports also suggest that Trevor Bayliss has too, decided to part his ways with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).

Apart from the IPL, Bayliss, considered as one of the most successful coaches in the sport, had guided England to the Ashes and World Cup victories.

Bayliss had previously led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014 – before coaching the England team.

The reports further suggest that both Flower and Bayliss are going to be associated with the Lucknow franchise while KL Rahul is also most likley to lead the side in the next IPL season.

Notably on October 25 in Dubai, the Sanjeev Goenka-owned RPSG group had acquired the Lucknow franchise for Rs 7090 crores. On the other hand, the Ahmedabad franchise went to CVC Sports for Rs 5625 crore.

Now after acquiring the teams, both the parties will pay the entire amount over a period of 10 years.

These new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will now be a part of the 15th edition of the lucrative league, taking the total number of teams to 10 from eight.

The next edition of IPL is likley to be staged in the March-April window and a mega auction for it will most probably be held in January, 2022.

IPL 2021: Warner hints of leaving SRH after ongoing season

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) opener David Warner’s comments on social media has given a clear hint that the out-of-form cricketer and his present franchise will bid goodbye to each other after ongoing 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Moreover, Warner has also said that he won’t be a part of the playing XI anymore in the ongoing season but urged fans to keep supporting the Orange Army.

On Monday, Warner was left out of the SRH XI for the clash against Rajasthan Royals (RR) as the Hyderabad-based franchise made as many four changes to their side and finally registered their second win out of 10 games this season.

Warner even did not travel with the team to the stadium and instead cheered his side from the hotel room before posting stories on Instagram after SRH registered a comfortable seven-wicket over RR.

What actually clarified that the opener won’t be a part of SRH from next season was his replies to fans in an SRH post on Instagram.

When a fan expressed his disappointments for not seeing Warner in the playing XI and wanted him to make a strong comeback, the former SRH captain replied: “Unfortunately, won’t be again but keep supporting please.”

Commenting on Warner’s exclusion from the playing XI and what made him stay at the team hotel, SRH head coach Trevor Bayliss said: “We’ve got a lot of young players here. For this match, we decided to make a few changes in the team but to give some of the young players a chance who haven’t been a part of 18. Give them an opportunity to experience the game to the players who stayed at the hotel and didn’t even get a chance to come to the ground.”

“We want to give these young guys as many as experience as we can. For this game, David Warner, Kedar Jadhav and Nadeem stayed at the hotel,” Bayliss told reporters.

Warner has struggled to perform with the bat in the ongoing IPL season and has also lost his captaincy during the first half of the tournament, which was staged in India.

Earlier during the first phase of the ongoing edition, several reports had said that Warner had arguments with the SRH team management on exclusion of Manish Pandey from the team and things got so heated that time, that Warner was excluded from the playing XI following which Kane Williamson took over the captaincy.

Warner, who has amassed 5449 runs in the cash-rich league has been woefully short of runs in the ongoing edition as he could manage only 195 runs in eight matches with a strike rate of 107.73.

Although he has a poor IPL 2021 season, Warner has undoubtedly been a great batsman to have played for the Orange Army as he is the highest run-getter for the Hyderabad-based franchise in the history of the league, scoringmore than 4000 runs for SRH at an average of 49.55 and strike rate of 142.59.

Not to forget, it was under Warner’s captaincy that SRH had won their first IPL title in 2016 by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the summit clash.

England’s WC-winning coach Trevor Bayliss to take charge of Sydney Thunder

England’s World Cup-winning coach Trevor Bayliss is leaving the Three Lions and will now take charge of the Sydney Thunder for the next three seasons of the Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL).

Bayliss, 58, had led England to the ODI Cricket World Cup at Lord’s in 2019. In IPL, he had twice helped the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) lift the trophy.

In BBL, he had led the Sydney Sixers to the title in the inaugural season of the BBL a decade ago.

“It’s great to be home and involved in New South Wales cricket,” Bayliss said.

“The Thunder have done well over the last few years… Hopefully we can go one or two steps further this summer,” he added.

Bayliss, also the current head coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), will take over from New Zealander Shane Bond, who had stepped down in April due to personal reasons.

Meanwhile, another BBL franchise Melbourne Renegades signed David Saker as the new coach. Saker was previously fast bowling coach with Australia, England and Sri Lanka.