The IPL franchise said the decision was arrived at “mutually” with the Australian coach

Andrew McDonald has moved out as head coach of the Rajasthan Royals after being with the team for just one season of the IPL, despite having signed a three-year deal in 2019. The development comes in the wake of the Royals appointing former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as the team director.

ESPNcricinfo understands that the franchise has been trying to negotiate a new role with McDonald, who played very little part in the team’s recent acquisitions at the 2021 IPL auction. “Rajasthan Royals and its Head Coach Andrew McDonald have mutually decided to move in different directions with regards to the leadership structure,” the Royals said in a media statement on Sunday.

As part of that, the Royals have also decided not to seek a replacement for McDonald, as they expect Sangakkara to double up as the chief coach. Sangakkara would be assisted by the assistant coach of West Indies’ white-ball teams Trevor Penney, who has been appointed as lead assistant coach. The rest of the Royals coaching staff will comprise Zubin Bharucha (strategy, development and performance director), Sairaj Bahutule (spin-bowling coach), Rob Cassell (fast-bowling coach) and Dishank Yagnik (fielding coach). The franchise has also moved out Amol Muzumdar from batting coach to “out-of-season” high-performance batting coach.


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