Simon Katich has stepped down from his role as the Head Coach of RCB due to personal reasons and will not join the side in the UAE leg of the IPL. Although the reasons are not clear, it is learnt that Katich has left the role from his side and it was solely his decision. As a part of the business continuity plan, Mike Hesson will step in and discharge the duties of Head Coach for this season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket Operations, RCB.
“As the season resumes in the UAE, it’s going to be an exciting chapter ahead. Simon Katich has decided to step down as the Head Coach of RCB, we would like to thank Katich for his work during his time at Royal Challengers and wish him success in the future. In the interim, Mike Hesson will step in and discharge the duties of the Head coach until the end of the current season, in addition to his existing role of Director of Cricket," Rajesh Menon, Vice President and Head, Royal Challengers Bangalore, said.
The RCB contingent will travel to Bengaluru on August 21 following which the team will undergo 7 days of quarantine and will undergo Covid tests for 3 days during the period. On August 29, the team will then depart for Dubai via a chartered flight from Bangalore. Other international players and staff will assemble in the UAE starting 29th August onwards following which they will undergo another 6 days of quarantine.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will resume their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on September 20.