Rajasthan Royals have parted ways with Andrew McDonald as their head coach after only one season of association. As a part of further restructuring, the franchise also appointed Trevor Penny as their ‘Lead Assistant Coach’ for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) while they haven’t announced any head coach for the 2021 edition.
Amol Muzumdar, who served as the batting coach for the last three seasons, will now serve as 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”, said Jake Lush McCrum, COO, Rajasthan Royals.
Trevor Penney will be working with Royals’ newly-appointed Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara, who will be the “decision maker in the structure”, captain Sanju Samson, 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 serve as the Development and Performance Director.
Penney, a former Warwickshire player, has worked in the capacity of a head coach with Sri Lanka, as fielding coach with India, and as a consultant coach with Netherlands. He is currently employed by the Cricket West Indies as an assistant coach for their men’s white-ball teams.
Penny has also served on the coaching staff of Punjab Kings (previously Kings XI Punjab), Deccan Chargers and Kolkata Knight Rider,s and has worked as an assistant coach with St Lucia Zouks and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier 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.
Jake Lush McCrum added: “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.”