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Andrew McDonald signs three-year contract as Rajasthan Royals head coach
IPL 2020

Andrew McDonald signs three-year contract as Rajasthan Royals head coach

Andrew McDonald will be the new head coach of Rajasthan Royals for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the franchise announced on Monday.

McDonald replaces South African Paddy Upton in the coaching role following Rajasthan's seventh-place finish in the 12th edition of the tournament.

The former Australian all-rounder, who played four Test matches, has previously been involved in the IPL as a player between 2009 and 2013 for Delhi Daredevils and later Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He served as the bowling coach of the Virat Kohli-led Bangalore team in last year's IPL.

Moreover, McDonald coached Victoria to the Sheffield Shield win and also led Melbourne Renegades to their maiden Big Bash League title.

The 38-year-old's expanding coaching portfolio includes a contract with Birmingham Phoenix for the inaugural season of The Hundred in 2020.

"I'm delighted to join the Royals family. It's a great honour to take on this responsibility," McDonald said.

"The Rajasthan Royals is a new, exciting challenge for me, and I can't wait to get started working with our world-class players and coaches in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world."

Rajasthan Royals claimed the IPL title when the competition was first launched in 2008 but have not been able to replicate similar levels of success in subsequent years.

Head of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals Zubin Bharucha cited McDonald's data-driven methods as the main reason for his appointment.

"He is data-focused and an impressive man manager who remains well versed with the rigours of modern-day cricket,” Bharucha said.