IPL 2021: Mike Hesson takes over as RCB’s head coach, Simon Katich resigns

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IPL 2021: Simon Katich, the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore, revealed his decision to stand down on Saturday.

For the second part of the IPL 2021, RCB’s Director of Cricket will also serve as the team’s head coach.

Due to personal circumstances, the former Australian opener made the decision.

Katich, who turned 45 on Saturday, was a vital figure in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s resurgence last season, helping the Virat Kohli-led team qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2019.

The team also had a successful first half of the IPL 2021 season, finishing third on the points table when the competition was halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rajesh Menon, RCB Vice President, praised Katich for his contributions to the club and wished him well in the future.

“As the season resumes in the UAE, it’s going to be an exciting chapter ahead. Simon Katich has decided to step down as the Head Coach of RCB, we would like to thank Katich for his work during his time at Royal Challengers and wish him success in the future. In the interim, Mike Hesson will step in and discharge the duties of Head coach until the end of the current season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket,” Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Head of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) said.

“And we all know Mike Hesson coaching New Zealand cricket team and other cricket teams for 15-20 years so Mike will be stepping into this position,” said Menon.

The second half of IPL 2021 will resume from 19 September 2021 in the UAE. RCB will be in action on 20 September 2021, against KKR.

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