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Rajasthan Royals head coach McDonald leaves, Penney joins as lead assistant coach
New Delhi, February 21, 2021
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchisee Rajasthan Royals today announced a parting of ways with its head coach Andrew McDonald and the appointment of Trevor Penney as the lead assistant coach for the coming IPL season.
"... Rajasthan Royals and its Head Coach Andrew McDonald have mutually decided to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure," a press release from the franchise said.
The release said Penney would work closely with the Royals’ Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, captain Sanju Samson and the leadership team comprising the coaching staff: spin bowling coach Sairaj Bahatule, fast bowling coach Rob Cassell, and fielding coach Dishant Yagnik, alongside international senior players like Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.
Zubin Bharucha will be an integral part of this team in the role of Strategy, Development and Performance Director, feeding into Sangakkara, the decision maker in the structure, it said.
As part of the restructuring, Amol Muzumdar's role transitions to an out-of-season High Performance Batting coach to support the squad and RR academies.
"Everyone at Rajasthan Royals would like to thank Andrew for his efforts towards the IPL season 13. He coached the team during an incredibly challenging COVID-restricted period and we would like to wish him all the very best for his future endeavours with the Australian Men’s Cricket Team and the Birmingham Phoenix in the Hundred," added Jake Lush McCrum, COO, Rajasthan Royals.
Penney is a stalwart of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, plying his trade as a player for 17 years with the English club before starting off on his extensive coaching career around the world. He has vast international experience working with the likes of India, Sri Lanka, England as well as associate nations such as the Netherlands and the USA.
Currently employed by the West Indies, working with their white ball teams, Penney, or TP, as he is known, is also a regular feature on the T20 franchise circuit with past experiences in the IPL and more recently in the Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League and the GT20 Canadian League.
"It's fantastic to have Trevor Penney on board here at Rajasthan Royals. He's very experienced and understands the game very well which I am sure will help contribute to the players' and squad's overall growth. I'm confident Trevor's appointment is going to set us on the right pathway and it will be wonderful to have him work with our squad," said Sangakkara.
McCrum said, "It's great to bring in someone with a coaching CV like that of Trevor. He's one of the most well travelled coaches in the modern game and has had considerable success across the globe. Kumar and Trevor have a really strong relationship after sharing a successful period together with the Sri Lankan national team. We are hopeful of an exciting season ahead under the able leadership of Kumar alongside a strategy group including Sanju, Zubin and Trevor."