Rajasthan Royals have roped in Andrew McDonald as their new head coach. He has been signed for the franchise for a tenure of three years.
Andrew previously coached Leicestershire, Victoria, and the Melbourne Renegades(BBL).
The 38-year-old played four Tests for Australia and guided Victoria to a title win in Sheffield Shield in his first year as a senior coach.
He was also a part of IPL in the past, playing for Daredevils in the 2009 Indian Premier League before being signed up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012–2013. He was also the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rajasthan Royals executive chairman, Mr. Ranjit Barthakur, said – “We are delighted to appoint Andrew as our Head Coach. He shares our belief of discovering potential and championing dreams and is aligned with our vision to continue to drive innovation in the IPL. Andrew will be preparing for the season by sharing experiences and best practices with exceptional coaches in other sports and will be visiting India in the near future to meet the Royals team, both on and off the field.”
The interview panel for the Head Coach process included external experts and internal leadership which included Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals.
“Andrew’s innovative, forward-thinking nature, along with his experience in the IPL and success in other leagues is why we have selected him as Head Coach to help us drive long term success. He is data-focused and an impressive man manager who remains well versed with the rigors of modern-day cricket,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals.
Andrew McDonald said – “I’m delighted to join the Royals family. It’s a great honor to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world.”
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 21, 2019