Former Australia quick Ryan Harris will serve as Delhi Capitals' bowling coach for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League, the franchise confirmed on Tuesday.
Harris replaces compatriot James Hopes in the coaching role with the latter unable to travel with the IPL team owing to personal reasons. Hopes was Delhi's bowling coach for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Harris' addition to the Capitals' support staff bolsters a star-studded line-up headed by Ricky Ponting and includes the likes of Samuel Badree and Mohammad Kaif.
The 40-year-old has sizeable experience in coaching as he has previously undertaken assignments at Australia's National Cricket Centre and the Big Bash League team Brisbane Heat.
He was also involved with Kings XI Punjab in last year's IPL, though the Ravichandran Ashwin-captained side failed to qualify for the playoffs by virtue of an inferior net run rate.
“I am delighted to be back in the IPL,” Ryan Harris said as he prepares to join the Capitals' contingent in the UAE as soon as possible.
“This is a huge opportunity for me to contribute to the franchise's ambitions of lifting the coveted IPL trophy. The Delhi Capitals side has an impressive bowling line up, and I can’t wait to start working with them all.”
Delhi appear to possess a nice blend of youth and experience in their pace bowling department. Harris will have a chance to work with Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma and new recruit Anrich Nortje in his forthcoming coaching stint.
Harris' playing career was marred by frequent bouts of injuries but he made a name for himself as an exceptional skillful pacer in international cricket.
He represented Australia in 27 Tests, 21 ODIs and three T20Is, picking a total of 161 wickets across formats.
Harris also was a part of the now-defunct Deccan Chargers outfit when they clinched the IPL trophy under the leadership of Adam Gilchrist in 2009.