Dale Steyn to join Sunrisers Hyderabad as bowling coach
CRICDOT DESK : Former South Africa’s fast-paced Dale Steyn to join Sunrisers Hyderabad as bowling coach and may join the Indian Premier League (IPL) backroom team at the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) franchise.
Sunrisers set up after the team’s memorable 2021 season as head coach Trevor Bayliss and punch coach Brad Hadin dropped the rudder to end the 2016 undefeated playoff qualifying streak. There are vacancies to fill. There are no mentors in the franchise. VVS Luxman, who directed the National Cricket Academy (NCA), is also in charge.
Currently, Steyn, a veteran of 95 IPL games and 97 wickets, has been in the league since its inception after representing Deccan Chargers and Gujarat Lions before the Royal Challengers Bangalore. He announced his retirement from cricket earlier this year after wearing a South African jersey 292 times. Steyn picked 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95, while he had 196 and 64 wickets in 125 ODIs and 47 T20Is respectively.
It is understood that the negotiations between the franchise and him are on, and an official announcement regarding his appointment – barring an eleventhhour mess – is imminent. Steyn has not commented anything on the matter yet, while attempts to reach out to him in this regard did not materialise. Also likely to join the SRH staff is former India and Tamil Nadu allrounder Hemang Badani, who represented India in four Tests and 40 ODIs between 2000 to 2004.
As for Bayliss, he is likely to join the Sanjiv Goenka RPS Groupowned Lucknow franchise. After England won the ODI World Cup in 2019, Bayliss took on the role of SRH. SRH qualifies for the IPL playoffs every season under him, with 2021 being the only exception.
The next league edition will include 10 teams as two new franchises, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, have been added to the existing eight. Prior to this issue, there will be a mega auction scheduled for late December or early January. Previously, Sunrisers had only three players, skipper Kane Williamson, and the vacant talents of Jammu and Kashmir, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik.
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