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Mike Hesson, Simon Katich join Royal Challengers Bangalore support staff

Royal Challengers Bangalore have announced the appointment of Mike Hesson and Simon Katich as the director of cricket and head coach of the franchise respectively.

The decision comes following the removal of Gary Kirsten as coach and mentor of the team while Ashish Nehra has been sacked from his post of RCB's bowling coach.

Nehra and Kirsten were included in the support staff after former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori was shown the door from his position as the RCB head coach following the 2018 IPL season.

The move to replace the two has been done at the back of a disappointing campaign in IPL 2019 where RCB finished last under Virat Kohli's leadership.

"RCB's purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team. To deliver this ambition we are very happy to announce the appointment of Mike Hesson and Simon Katich," RCB chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said.

Churiwala added that Hesson's vast experience serving as the New Zealand head coach in the past and Katich's stint with two-time CPL champions Trinbago Knight Riders would help create a 'winning culture' in RCB.

"We believe that Mike's extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon's powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture."

Hesson was earlier released by Kings XI Punjab from his post as head coach a day after Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided against renewing the contract of Mickey Arthur leading to wide speculation over him joining Pakistan's support staff.

He recently put these rumours to rest with a tweet rejecting any association with the recruitment of a new coach for Pakistan.

Hesson also applied for India's coaching job but lost out to the incumbent Ravi Shastri.

Katich, serving as an assistant to head coach Jacques Kallis for the Kolkata Knight Riders since 2015, was let go by the IPL franchise after they ended fifth in the last season failing to secure a semi-final berth owing to inferior net run-rate.

Katich was also roped in by the Manchester-based franchise for next year's The Hundred competition, joining compatriots Shane Warne, Darren Lehmann, Andrew McDonald and Tom Moody as the other head coaches selected in the inaugural edition of the tournament.

"As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model. Consequently, we would like to thank Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra for their contribution over the past two seasons. They leave us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at Royal Challengers Bangalore wishes them all the best in the future," Churiwala added.

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