Sunrisers Hyderabad are set to appoint Tom Moody and Dale Steyn as their new head coach and bowling coach, respectively, ahead of the new Indian Premier League season.
Steyn, who called time on his career across all formats of the game on August 31 this year, is set to work alongside Moody, with an official announcement to be made next week.
The South African is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers of all time, taking 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95. He has also played 95 games for several IPL franchises in the last few years.
Steyn, who has also taken 196 wickets in 125 ODIs and 64 wickets in 47 T20Is, has previously played for Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.
SRH’s former coaching staff comprising of head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Brad Haddin departed following the 2021 IPL season, leaving the franchise looking for new staff ahead of the new season.
VVS Laxman, the franchise’s long-time mentor, left to work for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).
Moody, who was SRH’s director of cricket last season, has now been promoted to head coach. Hemang Badani, former India and Tamil Nadu all-rounder, will also reportedly join the coaching staff for the new IPL season.
SRH aren’t the only team making new additions to their coaching staff ahead of the new campaign. Andy Flower has been touted to take over as head coach at the Lucknow franchise. Reports previously claimed that Flower had been competing with former New Zealand bowler Daniel Vettori for the position.
However, renowned journalist K Shriniwas Rao confirmed that Flower has been finalized for the position. “Andy Flower will coach Lucknow. We’ll know more about Ahmedabad next week,” he tweeted on Thursday.
Reports have also claimed that both Lucknow and Ahmedabad are frontrunners to sign KL Rahul in the upcoming auction, and the former are reportedly leading the race to bring him on as team captain.
Punjab Kings wanted to retain the 29-year-old, with coach Anil Kumble keen on holding on to the batsman, but Rahul reportedly made himself unavailable with reports claiming he wants to move on to a different team.
SRH finished bottom of the IPL table last season and will be hoping the new coaching changes will inspire them to challenge for a higher finish this term. Ahead of the mega auction in January, SRH have retained only three players, skipper Kane Williamson and uncapped Jammu Kashmir talents Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.