Rajasthan Royals on Sunday announced the appointment of former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara as the Director of Cricket for the upcoming season 14 of the Indian Premier League.
Sangakkara the current President of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), will be responsible for overseeing the entire cricketing ecosystem of the franchise including coaching structure, auction plans and team strategy, talent discovery and development, as well as the development of the Royals Academy in Nagpur.
“To oversee the cricket strategy of a franchise in the leading cricket competition in the world, as well as building the development programs and cricketing infrastructure that will provide the future foundation of the IPL team’s on-field success, is an opportunity that really motivated me,” Sangakkara was quoted as saying in a media release.
An undisputed great of the modern game, Kumar scored over 28,000 runs for Sri Lanka over a hugely successful 16-year and has the highest Test batting average of any player in the last 46 years.
Earlier this week, Rajasthan Royals had released Steve Smith and as a result, Sanju Samson was announced as the new skipper of the franchise.
“I’m delighted that Kumar has come on board and we have already had some great conversations together. He is someone who has had an exceptional cricket career himself and obviously understands the modern game. It’s great to have an all-time wicketkeeping great with us, he is someone who’s donned many hats, he was a fantastic keeper-batsman, he’s led Sri Lanka with grace and class throughout and has done it for years with the Sri Lankan national team across formats. He’s someone who’s shown great character both on and off the field and the values that one associates with him is the same which we embody here at Rajasthan Royals.. It is wonderful to have someone like him at the helm and is going to be fantastic to learn from him. I can’t wait to get started and work with him in the coming seasons”, said Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson.