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Sport – Pybus to coach Knight Riders

K.Shriniwas Rao

MUMBAI: The two teams that ended up last in the second season of the Indian Premier League earlier this year – Mumbai Indians and Knight Riders –
have been the first to take initiatives for Season 3 of the event.

While the Knight Riders are all set to bring in 45-year-old Englishman Richard Pybus as coach, the Mumbai Indians have settled in on former Indian all-rounder Robin Singh.

The Knight Riders, who had shortlisted a host of coaches during a fortnight-long screening process last month to replace John Buchanan, will be making the announcement on Friday.

Pybus’ impressive CV includes coaching the Pakistan team (1999 World Cup) and South Africa’s domestic team Titans. The Cricket South Africa’s coach of 2009, had guided the Titans to their domestic Twenty20 title last year before quitting the post three months ago.

Another Englishman, Dermott Reeve, too had been shortlisted but Pybus’ T20 successes tilted the scales, according to a team source.

While Knight Riders have rung in critical changes, the Mumbai Indians have added new personnel while retaining the old order.

According to team sources, Robin Singh, the former Deccan Chargers coach, won the confidence of Mumbai Indians owners after a positive input from Sachin Tendulkar. Former Mumbai all-rounder Meanwhile, Paras Mhambrey has been drafted in as his deputy.

With Shaun Pollock too agreeing to continue with the mentor’s role, the Mumbai outfit’s coaching staff is almost finalised. Jonty Rhodes continues as the fielding coach.


September 25, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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