After winning the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) have not been able to the same in the past 11 years. The Royals have reached the playoffs on many occasions but have not managed to win the IPL trophy. In the bid to turnover its fortunes, Rajasthan Royals have named Andrew McDonald as their new head coach.
McDonald has previously coached many domestic teams and has also played four Test matches for Australia. In his first year as Victoria’s senior coach, McDonald guided them to their maiden Sheffield Shield title victory. He then coached Melbourne Renegades and the team won the BBL trophy in the same year. McDonald also has coaching experience in the IPL.
“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,” quoted Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman of 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 rigours of modern day cricket,” said Zubin Bharucha, Head of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals.
“I’m delighted to join the Royals family. It’s a great honour 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.” Andrew McDonald said.