Rajasthan Royals have appointed Andrew McDonald as the new head coach of their team. The Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise announced that the contract will be for three years. The announcement was made by the Royals on Monday afternoon.
On the appointment, the Royals' Executive Chairman said, "We are delighted to appoint Andrew as our Head Coach. He shares our belief of discovering potential and championing dreams and is aligned with our vision to continue to drive innovation in the IPL. Andrew will be preparing for the season by sharing experiences and best practices with exceptional coaches in other sports and will be visiting India in the near future to meet the Royals team, both on and off the field." McDonald, meanwhile, said, "I’m delighted to join the Royals family. It's a great honour to take on this responsibility. The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can't wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world.”
McDonald is not new to the tournament, having played for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils. He has also been the bowling coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Zubin Bharucha, who is the Head of Cricket for the Rajasthan Royals said, "Andrew's innovative, forward thinking nature, along with his experience in the IPL and success in other leagues is why we have selected him as Head Coach to help us drive long term success. He is data-focused and an impressive man manager who remains well versed with the rigours of modern-day cricket".
Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL season and haven't been able to repeat their performance since then. In 2013, the team was caught in a betting scandal and were suspended for two seasons.