Reports: EX-LSG Coach Andy Flower Likely To Join RCB

As the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 approaches, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is embarking on a new chapter under the guidance of renowned cricket figure Andy Flower. With the departure of Mike Hesson, the director of cricket operations, and the likely exit of Sanjay Bangar, the head coach, RCB is undergoing significant changes in its coaching setup.

The UK-based Diageo corporation, the owner of RCB, has a reputation for making well-informed decisions supported by thorough research, which suggests that Andy Flower’s appointment results from meticulous consideration.

Mike Hesson, who served as the director of cricket operations since 2019, will be stepping down from his position on August 31. Hesson’s tenure saw RCB make significant strides, but the team management appears to be embracing change to elevate the team’s performance to new heights. With Andy Flower set to take the reins as the new head coach, RCB is poised for a fresh start.

While official confirmation is yet to come, Andy Flower’s acquisition was not easy. The head coach reportedly talked with various organizations, including the Rajasthan Royals, before RCB retained his services for the upcoming seasons. Flower’s vast experience in coaching T20 teams worldwide, such as the St. Lucia Zouks in CPL 2020, the Multan Sultans in PSL 2021, and the Gulf Giants in ILT20 2023, attest to his prowess in handling top-tier cricket franchises.

For Andy Flower, this new role with RCB marks a significant chapter in his illustrious career. After concluding his two-year deal with the Lucknow Super Giants post IPL 2023, Flower is now ready to take charge of RCB and lead them to new heights in the highly competitive IPL.

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Diageo’s reputation for thorough research in hiring key personnel is evident in their decision to appoint Flower as the head coach. Flower’s achievements as a player and coach, combined with his recent involvement with the coaching staff of the Australian team during the Ashes series, have undoubtedly earned him a stellar reputation in the cricketing world.

Amidst the buzz surrounding Andy Flower’s appointment, there have been rumours among IPL fans that the deal is already sealed. However, the franchise authorities have clarified that decisions regarding the coaching staff cannot be made until the contracts of the outgoing team are officially expired.

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