IPL 2022: SRH Assistant Coach Simon Katich Resigns Ahead of IPL 2022
IPL 2022: Just four days after the auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) assistant coach Simon Katich has stepped down from his post. The exact reason is not out yet, but there are speculations that he wasn’t happy with the strategies followed by the ‘Orange Army’ in the auction. Get more IPL results for the 2022 Season.
As per the Telegraph, SRH’s assistant coach decided to walk out on the team in protest and disagreement. The report further states that Katich vehemently opposed the team’s management style. Katich seemed particularly dissatisfied with the way the “pre-auction plans were ignored on the fly”.
IPL 2022: Why did Katich quit the team
It was worth noting during the auction that head coach Tom Moody and co were mere spectators. Kavya Maran, the team CEO and promoter’s daughter handled the majority of the auction calls.
Katich is well-known in cricket circles for his honesty and integrity. According to sources, Katich protested the CEO’s and others’ decisions on team selection following the auction. Katich is a seasoned IPL coach who previously served as the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
SRH management accused of interfering in cricketing decisions
The Sunrisers’ management is frequently accused of interfering in the team’s cricketing decisions. During the previous two IPL seasons, reportedly, some of the management’s decisions did not sit well with the senior players. Check out live Cricket prediction here on our site.
This was the same reason why David Warner had a fallout with the team CEO and promoters. Also, the way they treated David Warner during the competition drew a lot of attention. Midway through the tournament, Warner was relieved of his captaincy. He was also dropped from the SRH playing XI. Warner led SRH to their maiden title in 2016 and has been a consistent performer with the bat.
Ex-New Zealand player Daniel Vettori had then called the decision to sack Warner as skipper as ‘staggering’. Dale Steyn who is the current bowling coach of SRH said ‘something was definitely going behind the scenes.
“I don’t know whether David may have questioned some of the decisions they had made, maybe when Manish Pandey was left out. I heard him say something along the lines of it wasn’t his decision or it was out of his hands,”Dale Steyn told Cricinfo
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a disastrous IPL 2021 season
Reportedly, Katich wanted SRH to resign Warner but the franchise refused. SRH endured a devastating IPL 2021 where they won only 3 out of 14 games. SRH, who regularly qualified for the playoffs almost every season, finished at bottom of the table.
Talking about the auction, SRH paid Rs 10.75 crore to secure the services of Nicholas Pooran. They also spent Rs 8.75 crore to acquire off-spinner Washington Sundar.
SRH had retained three players prior to the IPL mega auction. Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik are the three players. Williamson will get a whopping Rs 14 crore. Samad and Malik will each be paid Rs 4 crore as uncapped cricketers.
SRH full squad: Kane Williamson (R), Umran Malik (R), Abdul Samad (R), Washington Sundar, Nicholas Pooran, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Priyam Garg, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal, J Suchith, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Romario Shepherd, Sean Abbott, R Samarth, Shashank Singh, Saurabh Dubey, Vishnu Vinod, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi.
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