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Cricket Abu Dhabi T10 league: Flower replaces Fleming as Head Coach of Delhi Bulls
New Delhi, December 17, 2020
Delhi Bulls, a franchise cricket team in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, has appointed Andy Flower as its head coach for Season 4.
Flower replaces Stephen Fleming, who had mixed fortunes in his two years as Head Coach. The Bulls management also announced the appointments of Azhar Mahmood and James Foster as assistants to Flower.
The tournament was earlier scheduled for the 19th to 28th of November, 2020. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on all sporting events, the league was rescheduled to fit the January-February timeline.
The tournament’s format will be a round-robin event with each team playing off the other, followed by the playoffs and final.
The Main Draft is scheduled to be held on 23rd December 2020 and can be viewed live on the Sony Network.
With a new coaching setup, the Bulls signed the West Indian all-rounder and ‘Icon player’ Dwayne Bravo, who will also don the Captain's hat. He is accompanied by Evin Lewis as the other new signing. Key members of their squad from last season that have been retained are: West-Indian batsman Sherfane Rutherford, U.S. pacer Ali Khan, Afghan top-order batsman and bowler Mohammad Nabi, and Sri Lankan speedster Dushmantha Chameera.
Speaking on his new role, Flower said, “I am excited to join this franchise. This is an exciting new format that has been well accepted by the players and fans alike. I had a great time in this tournament last year and I am looking to use that experience to help the Bulls achieve success."
"We have retained experienced as well as young players who will play a big role in this team’s fortunes. But the aim now is to look towards the main draft to secure our primary targets and create a dynamic squad to play under The Champion Bravo," he said.
Neelesh Bhatnagar, wwner of Delhi Bulls, said, “Whilst we thank Stephen Fleming for his contribution to the franchise, the time was right to change strategies and move in a new direction. The years of expertise and the continued success of Andy Flower could make all the difference this year, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him on board.
"We have had some good players represent our franchise over the years, but we simply need to find the right rhythm, mix of skills sets, and player combinations to win games. Andy will be visiting Abu Dhabi to participate in the draft, playing a significant role in choosing the right team,” he added.