Sanga named director of Rajasthan Royals team

2021-01-25 at 09:00

Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named director of cricket of the Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021.

According to a statement from the franchise yesterday, Sangakkara “will be responsible for overseeing the entire cricketing ecosystem of the Royals franchise, including coaching structure, auction plans and team strategy, talent discovery and development, as well as the development of the Royals Academy in Nagpur.”

Sangakkara has had IPL experience, having played the tournament for six years – for the Kings XI Punjab, the Deccan Chargers and the Sunrisers Hyderabad, – as well as going around the T20-leagues block with stints in Australia’s Big Bash, the Caribbean Premier League, the Pakistan Super League, the Bangladesh Premier League and England’s T20 Blast.

Sangakkara said “To oversee the cricket strategy of a franchise in the leading cricket competition in the world, as well as building the development programmes and cricketing infrastructure that will provide the future foundation of the IPL team’s on-field success, is an opportunity that really motivated me”.