Sanjay Bangar RCB

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Former India all-rounder and batting coach Sanjay Bangar has been appointed the head coach of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for next two IPL seasons. He will take over the role of coaching from Mike Hesson, who will remain with the franchise as Director of Cricket Operations. Bangar has previously worked with RCB as a batting consultant.

RCB released an official statement on Tuesday to confirm the development.

“Royal Challengers Bangalore announces the appointment of Sanjay Bangar as head coach for the upcoming season. Bangar will be taking over the reins from Mike Hesson, who remains with the team in his existing role as Director of Cricket Operations. Hesson had donned an additional role of Head Coach for the second leg of the IPL 2021 in UAE,” RCB said in a statement.

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Speaking after his appointment as RCB head coach, Sanjay Bangar said that he would like to work towards fulfilling RCB's dream of  lifting its maiden IPL title.

“It’s an honor and great opportunity to serve such a great franchise in the capacity of Head Coach. I have worked with some exceptional and talented members in the squad. I can’t wait to take this team to the next level. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done with the IPL Mega Auctions and the season following it. But I’m sure that together with the continued support of the management and the support staff, we can deliver the goods and bring cheer to our fans across the globe.

“Our work has already begun in terms auction strategy. I would like to assure each of the RCB fans that we are committed to build a strong squad and we are committed to fulfil the long cherished dream of winning an IPL trophy,” Bangar added.

Meanwhile, the franchise will also have to select a new captain after Virat Kohli stepped down from captaincy after the conclusion of last season.