England’s Performance Director Set To Join RCB As Director Of Cricket, Check Full Report

In a significant move in the world of cricket, Mo Bobat, the England Men’s performance director, has been appointed as the new director of cricket at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This transition marks a new chapter in Bobat’s illustrious career, and cricket enthusiasts are eager to see the impact he will make on RCB’s fortunes.

Mo Bobat, 40, has played a pivotal role in shaping England’s cricketing journey over the past several years. As the performance director, he has identified and nurtured talent within the England Men’s cricket setup. Under his watchful eye, England achieved remarkable success, including winning World Cups in both the 50-over and 20-over formats. Moreover, he played a crucial role in rejuvenating England’s Test cricket, with notable contributions from players like Ben Stokes and the coaching expertise of Brendon McCullum.

Bobat’s association with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) dates back to 2011, when he initially managed the England Men’s Under-19s program. Over the years, he demonstrated his dedication and understanding, leading to his appointment as the ECB’s first Player Identification Lead in 2016.

Interestingly, this is not Bobat’s first interaction with RCB. He had previously worked with the franchise on a consultancy basis. Bobat’s longstanding relationship with RCB’s new head coach, Andy Flower, adds an intriguing dimension to this appointment. The two share a history of collaboration during their time at the ECB. Now, they are set to reunite and bring their collective expertise to the IPL, looking ahead to the 2024 season.

Mo Bobat, while expressing his thoughts on this career-defining move, shared his gratitude for his time at the ECB. He mentioned, “I’ve had the most amazing 12 years at the ECB, and it’s been both an honor and a privilege to have spent the last four years as Performance Director.” He also thanked his colleagues and players, highlighting the trust and support he received.

Bobat said, “Supporting our efforts towards multiple Ashes campaigns and World Cups has been the stuff of dreams. I’ll be forever grateful for all the opportunities and support I received over the years, and I will carry with me many special memories, shared achievements, and friendships. I want to thank my current and former colleagues and the players I’ve enjoyed time with. I’d like to thank Rob Key for showing me so much trust over the last 18 months and enabling my preferred transition towards my new professional challenge. When the time comes, I’ll leave with the heaviest of hearts and will take pride in knowing that our international pathway is in great health and filled with outstanding people.”

England Men’s managing director, Rob Key, described Mo Bobat’s departure as “bittersweet.” He recognized the instrumental role Bobat played during his tenure and credited him with providing essential support and expertise. Key conveyed his best wishes for Bobat’s future endeavors, emphasizing his impact on English cricket and its players.

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Bobat further added, “This is a bittersweet moment for me because while I am delighted that Mo has been given an unbelievable opportunity, it marks the end of probably the most enjoyable partnership of any career I have had.”

Mo Bobat’s appointment rounds off RCB’s fully overseas back-room staff, comprising Andy Flower (head coach), Adam Griffith (bowling coach), Freddie Wilde (analyst), and Evan Speechly (physio). Prathmesh Mishra, RCB’s chairman, expressed optimism about Bobat’s influence on the team’s playing style. RCB has consistently pursued a performance-oriented approach and is eager to achieve excellence under Bobat’s guidance.

Mishra said, “RCB has always focussed on a performance-oriented approach and creating a culture that reflects its ‘play bold’ philosophy,” he said. “Bobat has already proved what he can do in a similar role with England, and I believe, with the expertise and years of experience, he will guide RCB to newer horizons and excellence.”

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