Stephen Fleming steps down as Trent Rockets coach, Andy Flower confirmed as alternative
Jonathan Batty replaces Lydia Greenway as Oval Invincibles coach in ladies’s Hundred
Stephen Fleming has stepped again from his position as Trent Rockets’ coach within the Hundred, with Andy Flower confirmed as his alternative.
Fleming, the long-term head coach of IPL aspect Chennai Tremendous Kings, took half within the competitors’s inaugural draft in October 2019, however opted in opposition to travelling to the UK this summer season. It’s understood that Fleming had supposed to carry his household over, however was unclear whether or not he would give you the chance to take action with the nation nonetheless in lockdown and determined to resign from the job.
“I’m really disappointed that I won’t be coach of the side this summer but ultimately family has to come first,” Fleming mentioned. “The current global crisis has made it very difficult to travel and the extra time needed for quarantines has made it hard to get the right work/home balance. Andy is a world-class coach with experience all over the world and I’m sure the Trent Rockets men’s team will have a fantastic first season of the Hundred with him behind them.”
Flower, his alternative, has a rising repute as a franchise coach. He’s at the moment with Multan Sultans within the PSL after main them to the highest of the group levels in his first season. He has additionally coached Maratha Arabians to an Abu Dhabi T10 title, completed as a runner-up with St Lucia Zouks within the CPL and Delhi Bulls within the Abu Dhabi T10, and labored as Kings XI Punjab’s assistant coach in final 12 months’s IPL.
Flower was concerned within the Rockets’ recruitment in Monday’s draft, which noticed them signal Timm van der Gugten and Samit Patel to finish their squad. Nevertheless, it’s understood that some squad members have been unaware of the change of coach till Tuesday.
“Stephen will be a tough act to follow, but the guys put together a really strong squad in the original draft with a mix of international and local talent,” Flower mentioned. “We have built on it in this draft with van der Gugten and Patel joining.”
Flower’s appointment will reignite the controversy over the absence of any British head coaches within the males’s Hundred, which got here in for criticism when jobs have been initially supplied in 2019. All eight head coaches within the males’s competitors are from abroad, although the vast majority of help workers are British.
There has additionally been a change of head coach within the ladies’s competitors, with Lydia Greenway stepping down from her position at Oval Invincibles. She might be changed by Jonathan Batty, the previous Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire and Surrey wicketkeeper, who was in interim cost of South East Stars within the Rachael Heyhoe Flint Trophy final summer season.
It’s understood that Greenway remains to be more likely to be concerned within the competitors as a commentator, having beforehand labored for each Sky Sports activities and the BBC.
Matt Curler is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets at @mroller98