Former Australia batter Simon Katich has parted ways with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) less than two months before the tournament kicks-off in Mumbai.
According to a report in InsideSport, Katich’s decision is sparked by the calls taken by SRH co-owner Kaviya Maran at the recently-concluded IPL auction.
West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran was bought for Rs 10.75 lakhs despite having a horrendous season for Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the UAE, while his teammate Romario Shepherd, who has not featured in a single IPL game, was signed up for Rs 7.75 lakhs. Notably, all the calls at the auction table were taken by Kaviya, with cricket legends in form of Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tom Moody, and Katich himself being mere spectators.
Well, this is not the first incident where the Sunrisers management has come under scrutiny. They sacked Aussie star David Warner from captaincy in the middle of the tournament in IPL 2021 and were heavily criticised for their decision by cricket pundits and SRH fans. Not only this much, SRH also dropped Warner from their playing XI in the later stages of the competition.
Since last season, Trevor Bayliss and Brad Haddin have also resigned from their coaching job.
For the upcoming IPL, SRH have recruited Simon Helmot as assistant coach. Helmot, 50, was previously part of the Hyderabad’s coaching staff from 2012 to 2019. He also coached Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) to the CPL title in 2015.
Kane Williamson will be leading the team in IPL 2022.
Sunrisers Hyderabad squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Umran Malik, Abdul Samad, Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, Jagadeesha Suchith, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Romario Shepherd, Sean Abbott, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Saurabh Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi.